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Parking charges to rise at Stoke and Stafford's hospitals

The cost of parking at two of Staffordshire's hospitals is set to rise.

University Hospital of North Midlands, which runs the Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford's County Hospital, says it has made the 'difficult decision' due to the rising costs of servicing and maintaining the sites.

There will be new fees for patients and visitors, with the largest increase from £9 to £9.50 for 24 hours.

The exemptions for cancer, critical care, renal, high dependency, and  maternity patients will remain in place.

The concessionary parking permit for frequent patients & visitors will also continue to be available for £15 per week.

The Trust is also increasing the cost of staff parking permits. According to national data the 2017/18 hourly average staff car parking rate for an acute trust is 14 pence. The increase will bring the hourly average staff parking rate at UHNM to 8 pence, still well below the national average.

Staff parking charges have been historically low at the Trust and the increase will still mean that tariffs at the Trust will still be significantly cheaper than other NHS providers.

A Trust spokesman said: “The Trust has to balance the needs of patients, visitors and staff. The parking fees at University Hospital are still lower than many other trusts nationwide.

"It is important that we are able to keep parking fees low for patients, visitors and staff. However, we need to ensure the creation, maintenance, service and security of car parking does not impact on the finances allocated for direct patient care for a hospital that treats more than two million patients a year."

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