From Wednesday 1 June, we will be turning on our new ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) car parking system at our QMC and City Hospitals sites.
NUH said in a statement:
We recognise parking on our sites has been very difficult recently as we return to a more normal service and we hope that lowering the barriers on our patient and visitor car parks will make it easier for people to get to their appointments and visit their relatives.
Patients and visitors have told us that they wanted a more flexible payment system for car parking, paying for only what they used, so we have invested £1.2 million in the new ANPR barrier technology. The system at the car park entrance uses cameras that identify a vehicle’s registration number and then allows people to pay for the time used before leaving the car park.
We have not increased the cost of parking, and prices remain the same as they were before the pandemic.
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic hospitals introduced free car parking, with the government providing funding to hospitals to cover this. However, that funding ended on 1 April 2022.
We have been testing the system and that will continue during the first few weeks of operation, with staff on hand to support patients and visitors if they have any problems. To ensure that only patients and visitors use parking in these car parks, we may ask you to show an appointment letter. We would appreciate the public’s help and cooperation as we try to ensure that people can park quickly and safely.
Director of Estates and Facilities, Andrew Chatten said: “Since the start of the pandemic our car parking barriers have been up and our car parks have been open to the public and our staff, free of charge, to allow people to easily access our hospitals.
“As we emerge from the pandemic our sites have become much busier and we need to regulate access into our car parks to ensure those who need to park can park. As such we will be ensuring that only patients and visitors can park in visitor car parks, and only staff with permits can park in staff car parks. We also have a number of excellent transport options including the Medilink service, Park and Rideoptions, tram and bus services which the public can consider. More information on travel to our hospitals can be found on our website”.