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Parking is available for patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to base officials.

Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) transportation program manager Jeff Miller explained there are approximately 1,500 spaces on base designated for patient parking. In the America Garage, there are 935 spaces, Building 55 has 580 spaces (including 245 currently under construction), and there are 10 spaces in the parking lot for the emergency room.

He added signage on base, beginning at the north and south gate directs patients to designated patient parking.

“Patients are only eligible to park within the designated patient parking areas. If a patient wishes to visit the temporary Navy Exchange (NEX), it has its own gravel parking lot in front of it, the QuickMart/McDonald also has its own parking, and the Bowling Alley has parking adjacent to the building,” Miller stated.

Miller recommends outpatients with appointments in the American Building park in the America Garage. “Inpatients with appointments in Building 10 should consider parking in Building 55, and those seeking to use the pharmacies can either park in Building 55 for use of the pharmacy in Building 10, or America Garage for the pharmacy in the America Building.”

Patients can also be driven by a caregiver to the front of either the America Building or Building 9, where a patient escort will take patients by wheelchair if necessary to their appointment while the caregiver locates parking, Miller added. “If patients have more than one appointment within the hospital, patient escort can either accommodate wheelchair access, or drive patients to their appointments if the distance dictates.”

Public transportation is also available to Walter Reed Bethesda, Miller continued. Metrorail’s Red Line trains stop at the Medical Center station located directly across the street from Walter Reed Bethesda’s South Gate.

“The Medical Center Metrorail is also a hub for numerous Metro and Ride-On bus services,” Miller said. He added non-stop shuttle buses for patients run from the Medical Center station’s second to last bus shelter to Building 10, Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m., to 6:30 p.m.

For more information about patient parking at Walter Reed Bethesda email Jeff Miller at jeffrey.m.miller.civ.health.mil. For information about the Metro, visit the website http://www.wmata.c om/index.cfm.