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King's Lynn hospital to suspend all car parking charges over Covid-19

Parking charges are being lifted at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Credit: ITV Anglia

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn is lifting all parking charges during the coronavirus crisis.

It says parking will be free for all patients, visitors and staff from Friday 27 March.

Most hospitals have already made parking free for NHS staff.

We hope this move will make this difficult situation slightly better for our patients and staff. It will also make it more affordable to everyone to use their cars, rather than public transport, to get to the hospital for urgent appointments and care, and to our staff who are coming into work to care for our patients.

– Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The changes apply to the QEH site in Gayton Road, King’s Lynn, and at car parks at North Cambridgeshire Hospital in Wisbech, where services including community midwives and maternity clinics are based.

“As we fight to curb the spread of COVID-19, it is important that we help people avoid close contact with each other, which is difficult to avoid if they have to use public transport to get to our sites. We are suspending parking fees to encourage both patients and staff to travel to our sites by car to support people who need to be here, including our hard-working and dedicated staff who continue to do all they can to ensure the safety of our patients.

– Denise Smith, Chief Operating Officer for QEH

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