Parking tariff change at Weston General Hospital

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 June 2011

Views of Weston General Hospital, Grange Rd, Uphill.; 13-4-05

Views of Weston General Hospital, Grange Rd, Uphill.; 13-4-05

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FRIENDS and family of patients at Weston General Hospital will soon be able to park their car at the site for up to 30minutes free of charge.

But the cost of staying more than two hours will go up under a change in the parking tariff by the hospital’s managing trust from June 27.

It will be free to stay up to half-an-hour, £2 for up to one hour, £3 for up to two hours and £4 for more than two hours.

Motorists currently enjoy free parking for up to 15minutes, £1.50 for up to an hour, £2.50 for up to two hours, £3.50 up to three hours and £4 over that.

The change in tariff is the first by the hospital trust since 2005 and follows the introduction of staff car parking charges this month.

Director of workforce and corporate services, Alison Kingscott, said: “Research over one month recently has shown that 31 per cent of our visitors leave within half-an-hour, so these people would pay nothing at all under this scheme – and 60 per cent are gone in under an hour, so the majority of visitors will either pay nothing or the lowest fee under our new parking tariff.

“We realise that people may have strong views about paying to park at hospitals, but our view is that while we are pleased to be able to offer abundant parking space to our patients and visitors, it costs us to do so and these costs must not detract from our patient care budgets.”

The trust also offers concessionary parking at £1.50 per visit over 30 minutes to the families of critically-ill patients and those with long-term or chronic conditions.

Free parking is also offered to volunteer patient transport drivers and patients whose sole source of income is state benefits.

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