FINANCE: Nottingham Hospitals NHS trust has announced that it will increase the rates it charges for patients and visitors to park in its car parks from September.

The price of the two-hour, four-hour and 24-hour tariffs will rise by 30p and 40p for parking at the Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital. Use of the car parks for an extended three month period has also been abolished.

The trust said that the rising costs of maintaining the car parks and security as well as the free Medilink buses it provides for patients had led to the increase.

John Simpson, director of estates and facilities at the trust, said: “We appreciate increasing car parking charges is never going to be a popular decision. But the reality is we, along with other hospitals and public sector organisations, face tough financial challenges and decisions this year and in future years.

“If we didn’t charge for parking, money intended for patient care would have to be used to provide and maintain parking facilities on the site. We believe NHS money should be spent on treating patients.”

He revealed that last year the trust generated £2.8m from it car parking fees.

 

Parking - Time PeriodPresent chargeNew charge
(from 1 Sept)
0 to 2 hours£2.70£3.00
Over 2 to 4 hours£4.10£4.50
Over 4 hours£5.10£5.50
1 Week (7 days)£10.00£15.00
1 Month (30 days)£15.00£20.00
3 Months (90 days)£25.00Withdrawn