I was fined £100 after driving myself to hospital while having a heart attack – I was panicking and in pain

A DAD has slammed an NHS Trust after he was forced to fork out on a parking fine after DRIVING himself to hospital while suffering a heart attack.

Clive Lucy, 56, was handed the £100 fixed penalty notice after stopping an emergency consultants bay at Northampton General Hospital.


He had suffered from chest pains but bravely drove himself to hospital, and failed to notice that he had parked in the wrong bay.

Clive, who has a disabled badge, thought that the bay was reserved for those with a blue badge and was in “severe stress” when he was admitted to A&E suffering from a cardiac arrest.  

The grandad was shocked when he was slapped with the fine, and was initially only offered a reduced price of £40.

His daughter Tazmin Lucy, 33, told The Sun: “My dad had a heart attack which is really concerning anyway, and he drove himself to the hospital. 

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“Obviously he wasn’t paying attention and was trying to get to the hospital as quickly as he could. 

“We know now that he parked in the consultant's space and that is wrong, but he did it while panicking and in pain. 

“He paid it initially, because he just wanted it to be over, and they did reduce it to £40. 

“But honestly it’s horrible, he had a heart attack and was in a confused state. 

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“It wasn’t anything intentional, and they’re just ruthless with it. They have now refunded him which is good.

“Dad just wanted to get it over with but they should have just been kinder about it all.”

Northampton General Hospital initially refused to refund the parking charge, saying that they” empathised” but confirmed that the PCN was “correctly issued”.

However after a review by the trust, and GroupNexus who help run the parking on the site, it was agreed that the signage on the bay was not clear and have revoked the ticket.

A GroupNexus spokesman said: “We have now been back and reviewed the case and agreed to cancel the PCN in question. 

“However, as I am sure you are aware, it can endanger many lives when people park on the ambulance bays so usually it is not looked on with much leniency. 

“In this case it was a serious issue and we are all pleased the motorist in question received the medical care he needed and made a speedy recovery.”

A Northampton General Hospitals Trust spokeswoman added: “We would like to apologise for any distress caused to Mr Lucy and thank him for bringing this matter to our attention. 

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“Following a review of the signage in the bay, which is for Emergency Consultants only, improvements will be made to ensure the bay is more clearly signposted. 

“We will also be refunding the cost of Mr Lucy’s fine to him.”

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