Hospital parking charges set to increase

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CHARGES to park at West Suffolk Hospital are set to rise following an annual review of car parking on the site.

The proposal to put up the parking charges was agreed at a West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust board meeting today.

The revised charges for patients and visitors will be introduced on June 1 and will see the cost of parking for up to two hours increasing by 10p, from £2.90 to £3, and the cost of parking for two to four hours going up by 20p, from £4.20 to £4.40.

Car parking charges provide the hospital with an income of more than £500,000 each year which is spent directly on patient care.

Jan Bloomfield, director of work force and communications, said: “We appreciate that car parking charges can cause concern to some of our patients and visitors. As such, we will continue to provide free drop off points and offer discounts to those with special circumstances.

“Wherever possible, we would also encourage people to explore public transport and other alternatives for accessing the hospital site.”

There are 20 free drop-off points available for people to park in for up to 20 minutes, as well as dedicated spaces for disabled drivers and for cancer and dialysis patients using the Macmillan and renal units.

Concessionary permits are available to some patients and visitors with special circumstances, or for those attending long term treatment.

Four to six hours of parking is set to increase in price from £6.70 to £7, over six hours parking will cost £13.90, up from £13.30, and weekly parking will go up from £10.50 to £11.