18 October 2017
Car parking charges for people visiting The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are to change from November 1.
The Trust which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford is moving to an hourly tariff to encourage better flow and increased availability for visitors, but will continue to offer a free drop off period, discounts for multiple visits and free parking for patients receiving dialysis, radiotherapy or chemotherapy and people visiting hospital for issues connected with bereavement.
The annual income the Trust receives from car parking pays for the equivalent of 40 Staff Nurses.
Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Governance at SaTH, said: “This is the first change to car parking charges at SaTH in four years and we are still among the lowest in the country, with people able to park for up to 20 minutes without charge. The 20 minutes without charge is useful for people who could drop off and pick up patients without incurring any parking charges.
“Patients receiving dialysis, radiotherapy or chemotherapy and people visiting hospital for issues connected with bereavement are able to park for free. Anyone needing to attend hospital regularly can buy a discounted 10-visit ticket for £8. They should let the Ward or Department Manager know so they can help organise this.
“Patients on low income, who are in receipt of benefits, can also claim back the cost of their parking by requesting a receipt when paying at the machine. They can then take their receipt with proof of benefit and proof of their appointment, such as an appointment letter or card, to the cashiers’ office, where they will be reimbursed.”
The parking charges as of November 1: Up to two hours (£3), up to three hours (£4), up to four hours (£5), up to five hours (£6), up to 24 hours (£8).