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Changes to car parking arrangements for blue badge holders at Chester le Street Hospital.

In line with our other main hospital sites in Durham, Bishop Auckland and Darlington, we're introducing car parking charges for blue badge holders at Chester le Street Hospital.  Although the charges will not come into effect until early June, a number of alterations to the car park begin this week, including the installation of a pay & display ticket unit for disabled bay users, removal of the bike shelter and remarking the parking bays.  Whilst the work is being completed, blue badge holders should  use the main car park and have their ticket validated at the main reception. 

Blue badge holders will continue to have designated bays and the payment machines will be easily accessible for people using the bays.  Introducing charges for blue badge holders is not a decision the Trust has taken lightly and is in line with other health trusts and local authorities in the region.  Charges will include 0-2 hrs for £1.20 and up to four hours for £2.00.  The Trust also has a number of concessions in place to support different groups of patients and visitors, including those visiting long stay patients or for patients receiving cancer treatments, and these will continue.

A new cycle rack has already been installed at the front of the hospital for cycles only, replacing the former motorbike and cycle hoops. Once the alterations are complete, motorbikes should be left within the main car park.

Whilst the alterations are being made, we aim to keep disruption for those using our services at CLS to a minimum and apologise for any difficulties they cause. 

 

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Published 8th May 2018

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital