UNFORTUNATELY, due to having a bad bout of laryngitis, I recently went for an emergency appointment at the Adcroft Surgery in Trowbridge where I was asked to wait to see the doctor. I must admit, I did not notice any parking signs.
After being sat in the waiting room for 1.5 hours, I went back to the receptionist and said I could not wait any longer as I was feeling rough as I felt the temperature in the waiting area was not very warm.
I was told the doctor would be able to see me after he had seen all his appointments. I really should have been told that in the first place and I could have returned at a later time. I left the surgery after approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.
I was shocked today to find a Parking Charge Notice (PCN) from the company running the car park informing me that I had overstayed the 1.5 hour limit and to pay a fine of £100, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.
Whilst I accept that I overstayed the time, I have two issues:
1. What are you supposed to do if you are told to wait until you see a doctor and exceed the allowed time? Accept you will be fined or miss your appointment? 
2, £100/£60 fine for overstaying the limit by less than half an hour is unfair and totally disproportionate and if the surgery cannot see you within the allotted time, an option to buy longer parking, say 50p per hour, would be more reasonable.
When you are feeling ill, the last thing you are looking for is a sign showing parking restrictions whilst you are wish to see a doctor.
Readers have been warned to take care.
Faith Mainwaring
Blair Road