New parking charges at Lancashire hospitals - who pays what and who is eligible for concessions

Royal Preston Hospital is to get new ANPR technology in car parks
Royal Preston Hospital is to get new ANPR technology in car parks
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The NHS Trust that runs Preston and Chorley hospitals has announced a new set of parking charges for patients.

Due to be introduced on December 21, the charges mean that some patients who had previously been given free parking - such as cancer and dialysis patients - will now have to pay.

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However, the trust says that other patients will be entitled to concessions.

Here's who pays what;

The first 30 minutes are free to allow for patients being picked up and dropped off.

After that the minimum parking charge is £2.50 and all patients and visitors must pay that.

However some people are entitled to a concession, and those people will pay £2.50 regardless of how long they stay.

People entitled to concessions include;

Family members or spouses of patients who are classed as "gravely ill". Gravely ill is defined as a patient with a high risk of death.

Family members or spouses of patients who have been in hospital for more than 21 days

Parents of babies in the special care baby unit

Patients undergoing dialysis.

Everyone else is expected to pay and the Trust - which runs Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital - has installed new number plate recognition technology at the entrances to car parks. It has also employed a private firm - ParkingEye Ltd - to enforce parking fees.