Northampton general hospital parking - £10 for a week.
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Northampton general hospital parking - £10 for a week.

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Found 15th Sep 2015
Bit of a specific deal for Northampton General hospital.
My wife has recently been ill and in hospital, the parking can be very costly, particularly if you spend a full day or more there. So if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of spending a lot of time at hospital, this saves you getting the pay and display every time and can also save some money.

A concessionary weekly parking ticket may be purchased from the Travel Office near main reception (Cliftonville,area D) with a letter of authorisation from the ward. Permits must be displayed at all times when parking at NGH

Thanks to all for the contributions, it seems that this is the same or similar at most hospitals.
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What a great deal. All hospitals should be doing this.
£10 for a week? My wife has been in hospital since Saturday, just added up all the parking and spent over £40 and hours queuing @ Leicester LRI. Heat for anyone in Northampton
2bhappy

What a great deal. All hospitals should be doing this.


Perhaps they do? I haven't spent too much time at any others... and don't plan too either!!
dutluk2001

£10 for a week? My wife has been in hospital since Saturday, just added … £10 for a week? My wife has been in hospital since Saturday, just added up all the parking and spent over £40 and hours queuing @ Leicester LRI. Heat for anyone in Northampton


If you ask the nurses at the ward she is in, they may do the same? I overheard a care assistant telling another visitor and asked the nurse at the front desk of the ward, she was more than happy to give me the authorization slip.
Might be a national thing as Walsall Manor Hospital does this also.
gregok

If you ask the nurses at the ward she is in, they may do the same? I … If you ask the nurses at the ward she is in, they may do the same? I overheard a care assistant telling another visitor and asked the nurse at the front desk of the ward, she was more than happy to give me the authorization slip.


I'll give it ago in the morning thanks,

Although 50% of the time I'm having to use ncp and private carparks because the hospital carparks are tiny,
Heat added for the thoughtfulness - makes a nice change to see this type of deal
free parking at all Welsh hospitals, rip off England again
City hospital, birmingham has a weekly pass available too. You have to buy from reception.
Cold. Parking at hospital should be free.
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2bhappy

What a great deal. All hospitals should be doing this.



You are joking? ALL HOSPITALS SHOULD BE FREE PARKING!
You would of thought the car parking would be included in the national insurance you pay. Clearly not.

In other news, when the MDMA kicks in...

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Solihull hospital also
highwayman8155

Cold. Parking at hospital should be free.



What a stupid comment. He doesn't set national policy, he's just telling a few people how to save a bit of cash.
This is standard just ask a ward sister for details
Heat good the find. I am sure it will help people.

I just cannot understand why hospitals have to charge so much. Hospitals are not a place people or their families want to be too often and on top they make parking an inconvenience to add to the misery.
Edited by: "qz177c" 16th Sep 2015
muffboy

You are joking? ALL HOSPITALS SHOULD BE FREE PARKING!


No I'm not joking. I've always thought that parking at hospitals should be free but it's not in lots of hospitals in England. So next best thing is a pass that costs £10 per week or about £1.50 per day. I spend a lot of time at hospitals with a very sick child so any help with parking costs would be great. This post is good as it's giving information and the opportunity for people to follow up with hospitals to see if theirs offers anything similar. I shall do on my next visit.
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parking used to be free in hospitals when i was small then they started off with 50p now the £1.50 per hour is standard in all hospitals well done northampton hospital if not free st least £10 a week is a big saving for people who have family admitted into hospital for a long period of time
srp111

free parking at all Welsh hospitals, rip off England again


Thats not true, it's free in some (Vale of Glamorgan) etc...But you still have to pay in Cardiff (UHW) etc..I know this from my own personal experience, taking family between different hospitals, all within a few miles of each other & within the past few months/weeks. Heat added btw OP - anything that saves people money is a deal IMO
I hate that hospitals charge for parking hitting people at their lowest ebb .... and they charge extortionate rates, never give change and have random rates .... Wales have it right no parking charges at hospitals, takes a lot of stress out of an already stressful situation .... but fairplay for pointing out a way of saving money and thinking of others, even if it is unfair in the first place £10 a week to park a car to visit your loved one - and thats a deal ! ... how much is it in the first place, have voted hot as it is a deal and thinking of others

Edited by: "sues" 16th Sep 2015
concessionary is not even new, most hospitals do that anyway for long term patients, and those who say free parking for all hospitals yea right, all cars from nearby residential will be parking in the hospital car parks, then people who need to use the car park will be moaning again
QE and Birmingham Women's also offer discounted long term parking .
I saw a similar scheme advertised on the TV screen in my local hospital's waiting room.

The consultant appointments were running 3 HOURS late so I had plenty of time to read the message, and you had to fit certain criteria to be eligible.

Fantastic scheme, being sick is expensive with the parking and £15/day for the TV etc. so this should be a huge help for many people.
sues

I hate that hospitals charge for parking hitting people at their lowest … I hate that hospitals charge for parking hitting people at their lowest ebb .... and they charge extortionate rates, never give change and have random rates .... Wales have it right no parking charges at hospitals takes a lot of stress out of an already stressful situation



I suspect the issue is that most hospitals are located close to stations/town centres and if there were no restrictions then you would find people would park there for commuting/shopping/just because they cannot be bothered paying for parking whilst doing something completely unrelated to the hospital.

The alternative is a pass system which lets you into the car park, but out only if you can prove you were at the hospital for a purpose. Unfortunately this means buying automated barriers, maintaining them, and paying for staff to enforce this, deal with issues and evict unwanted parkers. None of which is free. So where does the money come from? Then there is the maintenance of the said car parks, picking up litter, preventing drunks from sleeping in the bays etc. There is no money in any of the NHS contracts that will pay for patient or even staff parking.

I have seen cars rented from the airport left in NHS car parks as they are cheaper than NCP.

The variability stems from local costs, ie London hospitals charge a lot more than those outside the M25. Go up north and it is a lot cheaper.

As a result patients and staff have to pay for parking. Staff permits vary from £300 pa to £600 pa. However 99.9% of NHS hospitals are run by humans who understand that some patients have to have a protracted stay and will offer free parking or heavily discounted parking in those instances.

With regards to the Welsh comment, having seen the Welsh NHS work, I would rather pay for the parking in England. Thank you very much.

Edited by: "indyjukebox" 16th Sep 2015
FYI, for my local hospital the criteria are as follows;

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Normal charges:

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If you have a child staying you often get a free pass as happened to us at Mansfield when our Daughter was born 2 months early, saved us a small fortune & had passes for 3 cars as I alternated between works and personal.
dutluk2001

£10 for a week? My wife has been in hospital since Saturday, just added … £10 for a week? My wife has been in hospital since Saturday, just added up all the parking and spent over £40 and hours queuing @ Leicester LRI. Heat for anyone in Northampton


Probably has been mentioned but maybe you should (if you have kept any, if not most of the ticket/stub receipts) be able to buy a week pass and get a refund on what you have already spent over that amount. I did this last year in Essex when a mate that was in hospital for longer than expected. Worth a try and it's maybe something to do if the wife falls asleep leaving you with nothing to do.
WonderWoman

Thats not true, it's free in some (Vale of Glamorgan) etc...But you still … Thats not true, it's free in some (Vale of Glamorgan) etc...But you still have to pay in Cardiff (UHW) etc..I know this from my own personal experience, taking family between different hospitals, all within a few miles of each other & within the past few months/weeks. Heat added btw OP - anything that saves people money is a deal IMO



All Welsh hospitals have free parking, except those still under contract to private parking firms from before the free parking policy in 2008. I think there's only 3 or 4 left now, although Neath Port Talbot was under contract until 2031 and UHW was 2021. Not sure if that's changed.
they do the same at Barnsley General Hospital. £10 for a week parking. Think its national. just need to ask at Security desk or Reception.
dutluk2001

£10 for a week? My wife has been in hospital since Saturday, just added … £10 for a week? My wife has been in hospital since Saturday, just added up all the parking and spent over £40 and hours queuing @ Leicester LRI. Heat for anyone in Northampton




Weekly pass for patients and primary carers is £15 according to their website leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/pat…ng/

I hope your wife is ok and gets home soon.
Talk about brainwashed it has been said the English easily led. The whole hospital parking charge thing is a national disgrace in my opinion. If Tesco had car parking charges like these it would close down in 6 months, but then we don't HAVE to go there do we?
Don't know why anyone has to drive to hospital. There are loads of buses and stuff to get to all hospitals. My local 4 hospitals are all very easily and well connected by buses and it wold be crazy to drive to any of em
unhappybunny

Don't know why anyone has to drive to hospital. There are loads of buses … Don't know why anyone has to drive to hospital. There are loads of buses and stuff to get to all hospitals. My local 4 hospitals are all very easily and well connected by buses and it wold be crazy to drive to any of em



​Run all night do they?
oldguy

Talk about brainwashed it has been said the English easily led. The … Talk about brainwashed it has been said the English easily led. The whole hospital parking charge thing is a national disgrace in my opinion. If Tesco had car parking charges like these it would close down in 6 months, but then we don't HAVE to go there do we?


Well said
Southampton General and the Princess Anne both do this, but it's around £16 a week. Still a decent saving as the daily rate is around a tenner. They also do monthly passes, but I've no idea what they cost


oldguy

Talk about brainwashed it has been said the English easily led. The … Talk about brainwashed it has been said the English easily led. The whole hospital parking charge thing is a national disgrace in my opinion. If Tesco had car parking charges like these it would close down in 6 months, but then we don't HAVE to go there do we?

oldguy

Talk about brainwashed it has been said the English easily led. The … Talk about brainwashed it has been said the English easily led. The whole hospital parking charge thing is a national disgrace in my opinion. If Tesco had car parking charges like these it would close down in 6 months, but then we don't HAVE to go there do we?


I think you'd find that while it isn't great. People would rather pay for parking than find out dialysis machine, MRI scanner or an incubator doesn't work due to a newly paved car park.
Yes the NHS is a fantastic institution. Everyone needs to understand that money doesn't grow on trees and its provided to people who have paid thousands in national insurance contributions, nothing and everything in between.
unhappybunny

Don't know why anyone has to drive to hospital. There are loads of buses … Don't know why anyone has to drive to hospital. There are loads of buses and stuff to get to all hospitals. My local 4 hospitals are all very easily and well connected by buses and it wold be crazy to drive to any of em


1 bus every hour (weekdays only) 2 different buses and about 1.5 hour trip for a trip that takes 20 minutes in the car, that is why I drive to work everyday at a hospital. I don't park onsite though as I would be charged over £400 a year for the privelige
Edited by: "melcarroll" 16th Sep 2015
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