A recent Freedom of Information request from the Press Association which is widely reported in today’s media shows University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s car parking income for 2014-15 was £3,876,314 (of which £1,206,836 was from staff) across 3,100 car parking spaces.
In response, a spokesman for UHS said:
“This figure demonstrates the large and increasing number of staff, patients and visitors who are using our car parks and are travelling further to work or to be treated here rather than the cost of a ticket, which is comparable with similar hospital trusts.
“We offer a wide range of concessions for patients, particularly those receiving long-term treatment, as well as the option of purchasing seven, 14 or 30-day tickets which bring charges down considerably, while refunds are available for some patients and visitors who receive certain benefits.
“There are no charges at Countess Mountbatten House where our palliative service for cancer patients is provided.
“For staff, those who have a permit for full on-site parking pay a monthly fee linked to their pay band, with a number of other options available that can reduce the cost of parking and the volume of traffic on our sites, such as a discounted car share scheme and two nearby park and ride facilities.
“Any revenue which is not allocated to upkeep, security or improvement of our car parks is invested directly into supporting frontline patient services.”
Discounts and concessions include:
- Visitor/outpatient long-stay discount - 7/14/30 day ticket for £18/£33/£48 for multiple use by more than one person or car (not both on site at the same time)
- Long-stay child resident discount - parent or carer can purchase a long stay 7/14/30 day pass at a discounted rate of 50% against the normal tariff (listed above)
- Children’s oncology (Piam Brown) visitor or outpatient - £2 ticket
- Renal (dialysis)/endoscopy/neonatal/neuro - £1 ticket
- Paediatric renal outpatients - £1 ticket
- Radiotherapy/chemotherapy /haematology/haemodialysis - £2 ticket.
The government issued guidance (NHS patient, visitor and staff car parking principles) for NHS trusts on car parking last year which included a number of principles, such as ensuring reasonable charges for the area, offering concessions or reduced charges for particular groups and installing ‘pay on exit’ facilities. The trust complies with this guidance.
Posted on Tuesday 22 December 2015