Prices for patients and visitors parking in Nottingham’s hospitals are set to increase.
Parking charges for blue badge holders will also be introduced for the first time at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham City Hospital and Ropewalk House, Nottingham University Hospital Trust has announced.
In a shakeup to tariffs, free parking at the trust’s car parks has extended from 15 minutes to 30 minutes in response to feedback from patients.
The increase to tariffs for patients and visitors will start from November 5, 2018.
Car parking charges for blue badge holders will be introduced from January 7, 2019.
Prices will rise when staying four hours or longer.
The cost of parking for the week will increase from £15 to £20.
Monthly tariffs will rise from £25 to £30.
Director of estates and facilities at NUH, Andrew Chatten, said: “In response to patient feedback, the trust has extended the free car parking period from 15 to 30 minutes, and introduced new time periods for visiting and stays.
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“Running and maintaining our car parks is expensive and these costs are rising year-on-year.
“All of the money we make from parking charges goes back into funding maintenance, upkeep, security, improvements to our roads and car parks and supporting provision of the popular Medilink bus service, which connects the park and ride facilities with our two hospitals.
“In 17/18, the money we spent on car parking exceeded the money we earned.
“In response to feedback from patients, visitors and staff, we invested £0.5million improving our car parks and roads over the last year.
“Improvements have included pot hole and road surface repairs and the creation of 130 additional car parking spaces at QMC and City Hospital.”
The new tariffs for patients and visitors will be:
From January 7, 2019, blue badge holders will be required to pay the same charges as other patients and visitors, which is in line with changes introduced in a number of other trusts around the country.
Mr Chatted added: “We have engaged with our patient groups to hear their views on these changes and patients are members of our car parking group.
“We will be installing additional pay and display machines at relevant heights for blue badge holders.
“We continue to work with our partners to maximise the alternative transport options for patients, visitors and staff, including as tram, bus and cycle links, to reduce the traffic and congestion at our hospitals.”
Trish Cargill, chair of the trust’s patient partnership group, said: “I am so pleased that patients have been involved and listened to and that in response free car parking has been extended to 30 minutes, giving patients more time to be dropped off and collected from our hospitals.”
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