Improved Car Parking
Patients and visitors will experience improved car parking arrangements at both Warrington and Halton Hospitals as the Trust introduces a range of measures from 1st February 2017 designed to make car parking easier and more affordable.
Bucking the national trend, the Trust has reduced its most-used short stay rate by 16%, introduced a sliding scale of charges replacing the existing 5-hour flat rate and introduced an increased number of concessions and saver passes designed for those having courses of treatment and their visitors. Unpaid carers that hold a carer’s card and are requested to support patients on the wards will receive free parking.
Change machines have also been installed at both sites and are located at key entrances. The machines are designed to accept all denominations of coinage and the new £5 notes.
Better signage and patient information will also help patients and visitors to park using the ‘Easy as 1,2,3’ concept where drivers find a space, go to their appointment or visit and then pay at any of the machines on the way out paying only for the time they have been on site. There is no need to pay and display, payment by phone is also available.
Significant work has been done on improving bay markings and a further 58 staff spaces have been leased offsite at Warrington to free up all-important visitor slots.
Commenting on the new arrangements, Chief Operating Office Sharon Gilligan said “We know how stressful a visit to hospital is without the added complication of parking. While the Warrington site in particular is congested we are confident that having listened to patients and visitors that we have done everything within our power to improve the situation – within the limitations of the site footprint.
“There has been historic abuse of the car parking system which has seen valuable patient spaces blocked or misused. Under the new arrangements we hope that we can reduce congestion by discouraging these thoughtless or repeat offenders from the site.
Ms Gilligan advised that the Trust had moved to a managed service relationship with Highview Parking so that it was able to exercise greater control over its own car parks as well as the levying of penalty charge notices. “If a driver does receive a PCN following a visit to either of our sites then they must have left without paying for parking, parked in a disabled bay without a permit or parked causing an obstruction to other users.”
The new sliding scale of charges is as follows:
- First 30mins – free
- Up to 2hours - £2.50
- Up to 4hours £3.50
- Up to 6hours £5.00
- Up to 24hours £6.00
- Over 24 hours – saver passes available from Cash Office
The range of available concessions has also been extended to offer weekly saver passes for visitors for £10, monthly passes for £30 and free parking to validated unpaid carers. There is also a new concession for families/visitors of those receiving end of life care and concessions already in place for cancer and renal patients remain in place and unchanged. Patients attending the Halton Hospital Urgent Care Centre will continue to enjoy free parking.
More information about parking at the hospitals is available here: Carparking information.