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22 October 2013 at 12:19

Parking penalties for motorists have been cut at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals.

Geoff Wilding, Facilities Manager, said: “The fixed penalty notices fee has fallen from £60 to £30, providing it is paid within 14 days. We have agreed this with UK Parking Control, the company that monitors parking on the Trust’s behalf, in response to feedback from visitors.”

The penalty for notices unpaid after 14 days also falls from £120 to £60.

UK Parking Control Ltd issues penalty notices to drivers who park in Blue Badge spaces they are not entitled to, park on pavements, park on double yellow lines, or block access to essential clinical services and emergency services such as ambulances and fire engines.

The Trust receives no income from fixed penalty notices which fund Parking Control’s management costs.

Parking charges for some visitors will rise from 1 November 2013. Parking for staff will also cost more.

 



 

 

 

 

 

Director of Finance Damian Reid said: “The Board agreed two years ago that charges should rise in line with the cost of living but we have decided to keep the increase this year to the equivalent of 1%.

“Income from parking charges goes towards the cost of maintaining and managing the car parks. The remainder goes directly to patient care.”

The Trust also plans some changes to parking arrangements in the months ahead including the introduction of supermarket-style mother-and-baby spaces, particularly for women’s and children’s services at Ormskirk hospital.

Damian added: “We are also investigating new ticketing arrangements in a bid to reduce delays and improve the experience for visitors.”


Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Email tonyellis@nhs.net


Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.