We recommend that you come by public transport if possible, as parking at the hospital and in the local area is very limited. You can download local walking maps as well as transport maps from our How to get here section.
Bicycle parking is available outside the accident and emergency entrance on the lower ground floor.
The trust has limited parking facilities available and all visitors are encouraged to use public transport wherever possible. There are two car parking facilities available for visitors; one located off Pond Street, the other located off Lawn Road.
Pond Street upper level multi-story car has a height restriction in place; this car park is not suitable for SUVs/4X4s/cars of similar size, vans or vehicles with roof boxes. Please use Lawn Road Car Park.
Up to 1 hour £3.00
Up to 2 hours £6.00
Up to 3 hours £9.00
Up to 4 hours £12.00
Up to 5 hours £15.00
Parking tariffs £3.00 per hour – applicable 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
How to pay
All our parking facilities are operated by number plate recognition and pay on foot, therefore this is a ticketless operation. This system replaces our pay and display facility and therefore you only need pay for the amount of time you use. In addition, you can choose to pay at any time during your visit to the hospital. The system is based on vehicle recognition and therefore it registers the time your vehicle spends in the chargeable zones. Visitors can pay for their parking by cash, card, and phone or by downloading the app. For your convenience payment points are located at both the Pond Street entrance and within Lawn Road car park.
Blue badge holders
Seven bays are located at the Pond Street entrance and a further five bays located by the A&E entrance. These spaces are free for users with a limited stay of four hours and users must clearly display a time clock in the windscreen of the vehicle. Please register your details on arrival at either the Pond Street reception or security reception (adjacent to A&E) to ensure that you receive your four hours free parking. You must take your government issued disabled permit with you to register and you will not be required to return to your car to display this.
Please note that regular parking charges are applicable by blue badge holders when parking in non-designated bays.
Short stay parking and set down (drop off and pick up)
Short stay bays located at Pond Street entrance at charged £1.50 for 20 minutes parking no return two hours. There are nine short stay spaces available.
Set down parking zone is free but there is a strict no waiting policy in force and you must vacate the area within five minutes of arrival so that others may make use of this facility.
There are two bays located at the Pond Street entrance, electric is provided free of charge however these bays are subject the same parking tariffs and time as short stay parking; £1.50 for 20 minutes. No return within 2 hours.
Parking concessions are available for a number of patient groups in accordance with Department of Health best practice guidelines.
· Free parking for haemophilia patients located off Rowland Hill Street.
· Free parking for radio/chemotherapy patients located on the lower level Pond Street car park.
· Please contact our car parking manager located on the ground floor next to WH Smiths' for assistance.
Hospital travel costs scheme
The trust operates the hospital travel costs scheme which provides financial assistance to those patients who do not have a medical need for ambulance transport, but who require assistance with their travel costs. Under the scheme, patients on low incomes or in receipt of specific qualifying benefits or allowances are reimbursed in part, or in full, for cost incurred travelling to and from their appointment. Details can be obtained from the cashiers office located on the lower ground floor.
Car parking income
All our car parks are operated in house. All monies generated from them is directly ploughed back into maintaining the facilities, including the lighting, security patrols and CCTV and the management of staff who support the service through administration, patrols, and cash handling. Any additional income is directed to clinical services which supports the work of the trust.