Car parking charges will have to increase at the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby due to rising maintenance costs.
Current charges in the car parks of the Barby Road hospital, which is not covered by a PFI arrangement, do not cover its current costs to maintain the service, lighting and staffing.
This means the Trust has had to make the difficult decision to review the charges and has made suggestions to change prices as follows from April 1:
Up to three hours
£1.60 (new charge)
£1.50 (current charge)
Between three and five hours
£4.30 (new charge)
£4.00 (current charge)
Between five and 24 hours
£4.00 (currently parking is free from 6pm to 7am and on Saturday and Sundays).
The plans for these, and for charges to cover 24 hours and blue badge holders, will be discussed at the March public Trust Board on March 27, 2014 with the intention for them to be agreed and put in place for April 1, 2014.
It is anticipated however that free parking concessions will remain for the following groups:
· Renal dialysis patients;
· Patients who have to attend multiple times can have concessions - max £3 per week;
· Free 30 minute parking for patients having blood tests to remain.
Andy Hardy, Chief Executive Officer said: “We know that parking is an emotive issue but unfortunately the current prices do not cover the maintenance costs.
“I do not think it would be appropriate to cover these costs from direct patient care budgets and so that does mean they have to be increased.
“This will be the first time that charges have been increased since 2007, so I hope our local community can see this has been a difficult decision to which we have given very serious consideration.”