Plans revealed for car parking price increase at St Cross

St Cross Hospital.
St Cross Hospital.

The cost of car parking at the Hospital of St Cross is set to increase next month.

The University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said current charges at the Barby Road hospital, which is not covered by a PFI arrangement, need to be increased in light of tougher financial pressures.

The last price increase at the Barby Road hospital was back in April 2014 and costs to run the car parks include maintaining the service, lighting, staffing, and making improvements to the site.

From next month, the new charges will be as follows:

* Up to three hours: £1.70 (increase of 10p)

* Three to five hours: £4.30 (no increase)

* Five to twenty four hours: £7.60 (increase of 60p)

Free parking concessions will remain for renal dialysis patients, while patients having blood tests are allowed up to 30 minutes of free parking.

Patients who have to attend the hospital multiple times can also have concessions - a maximum of £3 per week.

Lincoln Dawkin, Director of Estates, said: “We know that parking is an emotive issue for a lot of our patients and visitors. However, we are unfortunately now in a position where the car parking charges need to be increased.

“The NHS is under financial pressure and we are unfortunately now in a position where the Trust can no longer afford to maintain the prices at the same levels without taking money from budgets earmarked for patient care.

“We will continue to provide free parking for people who visit the hospital regularly such as people having kidney dialysis or blood tests.

“We have not raised car parking prices in over two years. I hope our local community can see this has been a difficult decision, which has been taken so we can continue to make improvements to the Hospital of St Cross site for all our patients and visitors.”