AN elderly woman continues to fight for her life in hospital after being hit by a lorry as she left her doctors’ surgery in York.
The 88-year-old woman had left Clifton Health Centre in Water Lane when she was knocked down by a reversing lorry understood to have been making a delivery to the medical practice on July 17.
She was left with serious injuries and taken to Leeds General Infirmary in a critical condition with serious injuries. North Yorkshire Police said she remains very unwell.
A 43-year-old man from Leeds has been arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention in connection with the incident, it has now emerged.
Now the NHS has confirmed it will be carrying out work to improve the safety of the Clifton Health Centre car park for use by pedestrians.
Part of the car park remains cordoned-off by cones, while the investigation into the accident continues.
A spokeswoman said: “NHS Property Services are the landlords for the building and as such are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the car park or for deliveries made to the practice.
“However, patient safety is always our utmost priority and following this serious incident, we undertook an immediate assessment of the car park. As a result work is due to start in September to improve the car park for pedestrian use.
“This work will include improving patient access and signage. Further work will then take place to resurface the car park and improve its general layout.”
North Yorkshire Police said its investigation was continuing.
After the crash, staff at the surgery rushed to the woman’s aid.
Fiona Waters, who is the senior practice nurse manager at the health centre, Dr Paula Taylor, Dr Mark Howsen, Dr Peter Kemp and senior healthcare assistant Andrea Hunt all helped to give first aid and to administer oxygen to the casualty.