Trust has special rates for long-term patients

Pontefract hospital car parking sign
Pontefract hospital car parking sign

Patients will have to pay more to park at Pontefract Hospital from April after new charges were announced .

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is increasing charges from April 1 at Pontefract, Pinderfields and Dewsbury Hospitals.

The cost for parking for one hour will remain the same, £1.30, while the cost of parking for one to two hours and two to four hours will both rise by 10p to £2.70 and £4, and charges for four to 24 hours will rise by 20p to £6.70.

Ian Brodie, head of facilities at the trust, said: “We try to keep car parking charges as low as possible, and in line with other hospitals across the region.

“Unfortunately we do need to review costs against increases in inflation and these changes reflect that.

“We continue to offer a range of concessions and reduced rates for our patients, including long stay discounts, reduced rate permits for relatives or carers of patients on units such as critical care and cancer patients.”

Staff parking charges will also rise, but a sliding scale will be introduced, meaning lower paid workers will pay less and higher paid workers pay more.

The permit cost for lower paid staff will be cut by five per cent, while middle band staff will see a rise of five per cent and higher paid staff will have to pay 16 per cent more for parking.

Mr Brodie added: “We carried out a survey with our staff and found that a large number thought that introducing a sliding scale was a good idea.

“We are introducing this system to reduce in the impact on lower paid workers and this will see a reduction in charges for those staff.”

There are range of permits and discounts available to patients and visitors.