Community hospitals to introduce car park charges
New parking charges are to be introduced at East Lancashire’s three NHS community hospitals. From Saturday 1st July patients, staff and visitors to Pendle, Clitheroe and Accrington Victoria community hospitals will need secure payment to park.
The revised pricing aims to be as fair and equitable as possible for all car park users. Income from car parking charges is used to cover the cost of providing parking and running costs, which includes maintenance and upkeep. This enables ELHT to protect funds set aside for patient care.
James Maguire, Divisional General Manager for Estates and Facilities at ELHT said: “We know that increasing parking charges is never popular. However, there are increasing pressures on the NHS to do more with less money. The Trust has taken carefully considered decisions to ensure we make the best use of our resources. Implementing parking charges on our community sites also ensures fair and equitable parking and charges for all car park users.”
Continuing James added, “We have installed clearly signposted payment machines and additional income raised will be re-invested in the Trust to benefit our patients and staff.”
Parking charges for Pendle, Clitheroe and Accrington Victoria community hospitals are the same as Royal Blackburn and Burnley General teaching hospitals. The charging periods and costs are £1.90 for three hours rising to a maximum of £3.50 for up to 24 hours parking which are among the lowest in the country.
We understand that some patients have to attend hospital regularly, and this can be costly. In line with our value of ‘Putting Patients First’, we have developed a number of sympathetic concessions. These are open to patients who are undergoing treatments for cancer or attending regular appointments, as well as carers.