Parking

Parking is limited at both hospital. We have added extra spaces at Southport but the car park still gets very busy at peak periods. Please allow time to park when coming for your appointment.

Take a ticket when you arrive

You will be issued with a ticket on entering a car park which should be used to pay when you are ready to leave.

Payments machines are available near the reception of both hospitals; opposite the duck pond car park, in the Spinal Unit and at the back of Southport hospital; and in the car park next to Wigan Road at Ormskirk hospital.

This system is cash only. There is currently no card payment mechanism available.

No payment is due for entering a barriered area for less than 20 minutes. Simply insert your ticket into the machine at the exit  barrier and leave. Scale of parking charges:

 

  • Less than 20 minutes: Free
  • 20 minutes – 2 hours: £3
  • 2 – 4 hours: £3.50
  • 4 – 8 hours: £4.30
  • More than 8 hours: £5.30

 

At Southport car parks are situated along a one-way system around the main hospital building. At Ormskirk hospital there are two main car parks: one opposite the main hospital building and a second next to Wigan Road accessed using the road to Children’s A&E.

Patient transport. At Southport, the patient transport reception centre is open from 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday). It faces the public telephones at reception. At Ormskirk, transport will be booked by staff at your clinic. If you need further help, either ask at the clinic or call extension 4311 from the main hospital reception.

Wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are available in the hospital. You may, however, find it more convenient to bring your own. 

Blue badge parking

There is paid car parking available at both our hospital sites with Blue Badge holder spaces near the main entrances. You must display your badge.

Discounts for frequent visitors

Frequent visitors to either Southport or Ormskirk hospitals can buy a concessionary pass to help with the cost of parking. We offer two passes which give unlimited visits and may be renewed as many times as needed. They are:

  • A £10 seven-day pass
  • A £30 “frequent flyer” three-month pass

A refundable £10 deposit is required for each. Apply at the General Office at either site on Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm or out of hours via the vending machines for Weekly Passes on each site.

Help with your travel costs

You can claim help with travel costs to hospital if you or your partner (including civil partner) receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • You receive Universal Credit and meet the criteria

 

To make a claim for parking, you must fill in a patient claim form available from the clinic where you attended your appointment. Please take this form, plus proof of your benefit to the general/cash office.

Claims should be made at the General Office. If it is closed, post your claim with a copy of the proof of benefit to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, Finance dept, PO Box 134, Southport PR8 6PN. Alternatively retain your claim for payment at your next appointment.

You can also claim for help with travel costs if:

  • You are named on, or entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate (if you don’t have a certificate, you can show your award notice) – you qualify if you get child tax credits, working tax credits with a disability element (or both), and have income for tax credit purposes of £15,276 or less
  • You have a low income and are named on certificate HC2 (full help) or HC3 (limited help) – to apply for this certificate, you should complete form HC1, which is available from your local hospital, Jobcentre Plus offices, or the NHS print contract order line on 0300 123 0849

 

There is more information about help with health costs on the NHS website

Parking enforcement

UK Parking Control Ltd (UKPC) patrols our car parks to prevent thoughtless and dangerous parking. The company issues fixed penalty notices to drivers who, for example,  park in Blue Badge spaces they are not entitled to, park on pavements and double yellow lines, or block access to essential clinical services and emergency services such as ambulances and fire engines.

All the income received from parking is used to improve a range of patient services provided by the Trust.

The Trust makes no money from penalty notice income which instead funds UKPC’s management costs.

I have been issued with a penalty notice. What should I do?

The Trust is unable to resolve appeals against fixed penalty notices. All information about appeals can be found on UK Parking Control penalty notice. In certain circumstance UKPC may contact the Trust for information before deciding whether or not to uphold the appeal.

Further information about what to do if you appeal has been unsuccessful can be found at Popla, the Parking of Private Land Appeals service.

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