FINANCE: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is to increase its patient and visitor car parking charges by 20p for some periods from next month.

The price increase affects those patients and visitors who choose to park for three hours or less at East Surrey Hospital. All other charges will remain the same.

Patients and visitors who leave the car park within 15 minutes will not pay as at present.

As a result, visitors and patients who park for 15 minutes to three hours will now pay £2.20 and for two to three hours they will pay £3.20.

In a statement the trust said: “This is the first price increase the hospital has made to patient and visitor car park charges for seven years and is a similar cost to other local hospitals.”