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Right Arrow Car Park Charges - PS/31/0506
09 December 2005 at 09:06

As part of the Trust’s Green Transport Strategy, and its attempt to encourage use alternative forms of transport other than cars, the cost of parking at both Southport & Formby and Ormskirk District General Hospitals will be increasing from Tuesday 3rd January 2006.

The cost will go up to £2.00 per visit, which is the first increase for two years. However, the various concessions currently available will still apply; these are: Free parking for Blue Badge holders. If there are no disabled spaces available and patients or visitors have to park in a barriered car park, at Southport they should go to the porters lodge by the main entrance where they will receive a free token or at Ormskirk they should press the ‘help’ button on the exit barrier. £5 weekly season ticket.

These are available from the General Office at either hospital and are in the form of a swipe card that is valid for a week. There is a £5 deposit for the card. Refund of parking charges for those on income support. When a patient who is on income support attends a clinic they should ask for a patient transport claim form from the clinic or department and they should take it together with evidence of the income support they are receiving to the General Office at either hospital. They will then receive a refund of the parking charge. It is estimated the increased charges will raise around £100k in a year, which is money that is needed to aid the Trust’s recovery plan.

Steve Taylor, Director of Capital & Facilities said, “This decision was not taken lightly, but it is necessary to try to encourage the use of alternative forms of travel to and from the hospital. While the parking situation has eased a little at Ormskirk, at Southport it is still a major problem and we had hoped the planned Foul Lane park and ride facility would help with the situation. Unfortunately we now understand that this will not now be opening in 2006 as we had previously understood, and indeed its future is unclear. “Despite our continued discussions with local councils and transport providers, there is still a problem for us, and we feel this is the only course of action we can take.

The concessions currently available, such as the £5 weekly season ticket for frequent visitors, are not changing.” Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714 E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk