New car parking charges from 1 October

Posted: September 29, 2014

New car parking charges at GWH from 1 October

As of 1 October parking charges at the Great Western Hospital will increase for those parking for four hours or more, affecting around 8% of people who use our car parks.

Please see: Parking charges at GWH.

Why is this happening?

The Trust hasn't increased charges for the last three years; however it is important that our prices stay inline with Swindon Borough Council car parks in the town centre to deter people from using the hospital as a cheaper alternative to parking in town.

The Trust has not increased charges sooner to allow people to become familiar with the hospital's new pay on exit parking system.

We will continue to provide concessions for visitors of patients or patients who have very serious or life threatening conditions, as we have always done.

Improvements to car parking at GWH

Although not perfect, parking at the hospital has improved in recent years, with the introduction of a pay on exit system so people only pay for the parking they use. This is something the Department of Health is now recommending for all hospitals.

We will continue to look at how we can make improvements to our car parks and improve the experience of people who park at the hospital.

We are currently working to transform our services to provide care over seven days which will have a positive effect on parking, enabling patients to attend appointments outside of 'normal' working hours and reducing very busy periods.

Disabled parking

We have increased the number of disabled spaces in front of the main entrance and close to the Brunel Treatment Centre entrance. If all disabled spaces are full, patients or visitors can park in a regular parking space, show their Blue Badge at the main reception and claim a free pass for the day.

Where does the money from hospital parking go?

Money collected from parking charges is invested back into the maintenance of the car park including lighting, signage, security and staffing. The charges are also used to fund improvements such as the recent expansion of our staff car park which frees up more spaces in the visitor car parks. We have also recently added more spaces for disabled visitors. Remaining income from parking charges is invested directly into patient services.

Without parking charges the cost of providing parking would need to be funded directly from the Trust, diverting much needed funds away from patient services.

Further Information

Please see Car parking at Great Western Hospital.

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