County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust plans to
introduce car parking charges for blue badge holders at its three
main hospital sites: Darlington Memorial Hospital, University
Hospital of North Durham and Bishop Auckland Hospital on the
1st December 2016
Alison McCree, Director of Estates and Facilities said: "This is
not a decision the Trust has taken lightly. This is about how we
create fair and good access for everyone using our hospital
services and this move will also bring us into line with other
health trusts and local authorities in the region. We also know
there are over 30 other NHS organisations nationally which have
already introduced charges for blue badge holders.
"Like all NHS organisations we are operating in a challenging
financial environment and these new arrangements will support
economies we have to make but will protect our front-line services
and staffing. The tariffs from car parking charges are re-invested
into the Trust's central fund to support services and enable
improvements to patient care.
"Blue badge holders will continue to have designated bays and we
are installing new payment machines where necessary to ensure these
are easily accessible for people using the bays.
"The Trust does have 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.
"The Trust has nearly 100 designated blue badge holder spaces
across the three sites and on each site the number of spaces
available exceeds the national recommendation.
The charges for blue badge holders will be the standard tariffs
already in place across the Trust's hospital car parks:
Up to 2 hours - £2.50
2-3 hours - £3.00
3 to 24 hours £4.00
updated 22nd November 2016
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