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Parking fees to go up across hospital sites

Leicester Royal Infirmary will see visitor parking charges increase Credit: ITV News Central

There will be an increase to visitor car parking charges across Leicester's Hospitals' three sites from today (9 October).

The new charge will come into effect at the Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and the General Hospitals.

The hospital trust said car parking charges have not been raised since 2011 but are "now a necessity due to increasing pressures on NHS budgets".

Around 3,400 patients visit Leicester’s Hospitals each day.

Glenfield Hospital will see visitor parking charges increase Credit: ITV News Central

Darryn Kerr, Director of Estates and Facilities at Leicester’s Hospitals, said:

We appreciate the charges may feel like a significant increase for our patients and visitors because it has been six years since we last reviewed them, but we have learned through the engagement process that we need to review parking charges more regularly and in line with inflation to stagger the costs more fairly.

We recognise that increasing parking charges is never popular, but we do everything we can to keep charges down. If we did not charge for car parking then we would have to find money to provide safe accessible parking for our patients and visitors elsewhere, which would have a direct impact on patient care and the frontline services we provide.

– Darryn Kerr

The Trust will continue to offer free allocated parking for disabled users, for those on benefits and discounted rates for regular hospital visitors, with the weekly, monthly and saver tickets.

Here are the parking charges as of Monday 9 October 2017:

Parking charges as of Monday 9 October 2017 Credit: University Hospitals of Leicester