A severely anaemic man who needs weekly blood and iron transfusions has hit out at the Royal Preston Hospital for removing his parking permit.
Leonard Newsham, 54, of Ramsey Avenue, Ribbleton, suffers from severe nosebleeds so badly that he has been placed on light duties in his job as a postman.
Because he requires hospital treatment at least once, but sometimes up to three times a week, for the past two years Mr Newsham has had a free parking permit.
He said: “When I went to collect my new pass, I was told that I no longer qualified.
“I’m mad because nobody t told me about this and nobody has looked into my condition.
“It’s going to cost me at least £200 a year to park at the hospital now, or I park miles away with a heavy nosebleed that leaves me extremely tired.”
Mr Newsham claims he was told only patients who attend the hospital at least twice a week qualify, but hospital bosses deny policy has changed.
Miles Timperley of Lancashire teaching hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, advised Mr Newsham to enquire about eligibility with ward managers or the PALS service.
He said: “Patients and visitors are required to pay a maximum of £3 per day to park at the hospitals, to ensure can operate and maintain carparks without subsidy from the patient care budget.
“Free parking is available for disabled drivers, for patients who attend hospital frequently for chemotherapy and dialysis for example, for families of patients in critical care and the neonatal unit, and families of patients who are staying in hospital for more than two weeks.
“These parking exemptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis as patients’ conditions continuously change, and so they may need to attend hospital less frequently.”