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Right Arrow Trust announces changes to parking charges
10 August 2011 at 15:28
Charges for parking at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals will change from 1st November but will remain historically cheaper for most patients and visitors.
The cost of short-term parking will increase by 10% and is the first rise for more than two years. Charges for longer stays and concessions for regular visitors will remain the same.
In common with many other North West hospitals, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust also plans to charge for disabled car parking within its secure car parks.
However, the Trust will be increasing the number of disabled bays close to hospital entrances and introducing new measures that will increase car park safety for visitors and staff and put a stop to illegal and dangerous parking.
This will include using an outside company issuing fixed penalty notices to motorists who park on pavements, double yellow lines, or block access to essential clinical services and emergency services such as ambulances and fire engines.
All income generated by car parking has always been used for patient care and will continue to be used in this way. The changes to charging will fund the equivalent of 10 staff grade nurses each year.
The Trust also intends to increase charges for staff car parking.
Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We are proud of our Which? magazine 2011 car parking accolade of ‘performing well’. We believe these changes will allow improved access for disabled passengers and drivers and benefit people who park responsibly and in a considerate manner.
“We have worked hard to freeze car park charges for nearly three years despite increases in VAT and operating costs. The increased charges are regrettable but inevitable. However, a large proportion of visitors will still be paying less than they did in the past when we used a flat rate fee of £3 regardless of length of stay. “
Future changes to parking will be linked to the Consumer Price Index and be raised annually.
The Trust is actively discussing issues with the local authority around the park and ride on Foul Lane, Southport, and the possibility of having a route directly to the hospital. Patients and visitors are encouraged to use public transport where possible.
From 1st November
Up to 20 minutes
20 mins – 2 hours
2 – 4 hours
4 – 8 hours
No change
Over 8 hours
No change
Weekly pass
No change
Charges as above
Issued by Kimberley Southern, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
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