Chesterfield hospital car park users have a ‘good deal’ on charges, chiefs insist

Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Bosses at Chesterfield Royal claim relatives visiting patients at the hospital have a good deal on car parking charges.

In a report, Government ministers said relatives of people who were seriously ill or had to stay in hospital for a long time should be given free parking or reduced charges.

However, chiefs at the Calow hospital this week insisted that was already the case for those using its car park.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “We try to keep charges as low as possible and constantly review these costs, operating a ‘pay on exit’ method to ensure visitors only pay for the time for which they are here.

“We offer free parking for blue badge holders and we also have a 14-visit pass which allows patients who have regular appointments or visitors of those who are in for a long stay in and out of the car park multiple times for a greatly reduced price.

“There is no time limit on these passes.

“For staff we offer reduced parking charges for staff who car share and reduced rates for those who work part time,” the spokesman added.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Patients and families shouldn’t have to deal with the added stress of unfair parking charges.”

Mr Hunt had come under pressure from Conservative backbenchers to put an end to “rip-off” costs.

A 30-minute stay at Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s car park is free; 30 minutes to an hour is £1.80; one to two hours is £2.50; two to four hours is £3.50 and four to 24 hours is £5.50.