New car parking charges at hospital

Aerial view of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. Date: Aug 2015. Picture: Mike Page

Aerial view of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. Date: Aug 2015. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

New car parking charges at King's Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital will mean no-one paying more than £1 an hour.

The trust is also reducing the minimum stay to two hours and bringing in a consistent hourly rate for those spending up to five hours at the hospital.

However, parking for blue badge holders will no longer be free with a flat rate of £2 set to be introduced.

At the moment people pay £2.60 to park for three hours on the car parks, £5.20 for five hours, £7.20 for up to eight hours, £10.50 for eight to 24 hours, and £15.50 for a weekly ticket.

The new charging structure for patients and relatives is £2 for up to two hours, £3 for up to three hours, £4 for up to four hours, £5 for up to five hours, £8 for up to eight hours, £12 for eight to 24 hours, and £22 for a weekly ticket.

Edward Libbey, hospital trust chairman, said: 'We believe that introducing a two-hour parking charge will reduce the cost of parking for a great many visitors and those coming for outpatients appointments.

'We also anticipate that introducing a two-hour tariff will help reduce congestion and free up spaces by encouraging people to leave promptly following their appointment.'

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If approved by Norfolk County Council, the new parking tariff will come into effect on April 1.

Meanwhile, the trust is upgrading its car parks with resurfacing work on some areas and the installation of new pay machines which can take credit and debit cards.

Anyone who cannot afford to pay for either their travel or parking can apply for a refund through the national NHS Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme.

Do you think the new tariffs are fair? Email reporter Louise Hepburn at louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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