Parking charges soar at Nottingham hospitals

Patients and visitors at hospitals in Nottingham will have for fork out up to a third more for parking from today as the University Hospitals Trust puts up its charges.

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Hospital car park users: price hike is 'daylight robbery'

Car park users at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham have described today's price hikes as 'daylight robbery'

Prices to park up at hospitals in the city are going up an average of 29%.

This means that for between two and four hours, the price will go from £4.60 to £5, while those staying for more than four hours will now pay £6, up from £5.40.

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Car parking rises 'due to £150m budget cuts'

Health chiefs in Nottingham say the increase in car parking charges at the city's hospitals is down to £150million of savings needed over the next three years.

Interim estates director for the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Doug Ward, said he realised price rises were going to be unpopular - but said frontline services would suffer if they did not take action.

We know from the conversations we have with our patients and visitors that increasing car parking charges is never going to go down well. We accept and understand this.

Like other hospitals and public sector organisations, we face unprecedented financial challenges with £150million savings requirements over three years.

Such challenges mean we will increasingly have to make tough decisions like this one. We have to consider all options for generating savings and income opportunities across all of our services (clinical and non-clinical).

If we didn't charge for parking we would have to use money intended for patient care.

– Doug Ward, interim director of estates and facilities at NUHT

Nottingham hospital parking fees soar by up to 29pc

Patients and visitors to hospitals in Nottingham will have to fork out almost a third more for parking from today as heath bosses put up the charges.

For two hours' parking, the price at Queen's Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital has gone up by 90p - an increase of around 29 per cent - while anyone parking for longer will have to pay 40p more.

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust will put up its prices from today Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

This means that for between two and four hours, the price will go from £4.60 to £5, while those staying for more than four hours will now pay £6, up from £5.40.

Blue badge holders and any patients with long-term conditions who need regular and repeated visits to hospital - such as cancer patients receiving chemotherapy or those having kidney dialysis - will still be able to park for free.

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