Hospital freezes parking charges

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HOSPITAL parking charges have stayed the same in South Tyneside as health bosses increase costs at one in four sites across England.

Figures have revealed that 28 per cent of hospital trusts have upped their car parking fee in the last year.

But prices at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields, have remained the same as in 2010.

It costs visitors to the borough hospital £1.20 per hour to park, £3.60 for up to 24 hours or £8.50 for seven days, while disabled badge holders may park for free.

David Watts, executive director for estates and facilities at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust said: “The trust recognises the pressure and added anxiety that car parking charges can give to some people and we continue to do our very best to minimise these costs while balancing this against the cost of providing security for the hospital site.”

In the last financial year, £227,000 was made in parking fees from people attending the hospital or visiting patients.

All money generated is paid back into the Trust.