From Tuesday 1 September, hospitals across Devon will reintroduce parking charges for patients and visitors. Those entitled to free parking or concessions will continue to receive these.
As the Government moves to restore some normality to society and many of our healthcare services resume across Devon, health providers have agreed now it is the right time to reintroduce charges for parking as they were in March 2020, prior to lockdown starting. Charges and concessions for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust are laid out here – https://www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/patient-information/nddh/carparking/
Over the last few months we have made some big changes in how we deliver services with many appointments now being offered via phone and video consultations. This has meant that fewer people need to travel and use and pay for parking. We will continue to offer alternatives to face-to-face appointments, wherever it is the right approach for patijamesents and they are happy to do so.
Whilst we understand parking charges are not popular, they are unfortunately necessary to raise the money to cover the costs of providing and running car parks. These costs cannot be taken from funds needed for essential patient care.
Car parking for staff is currently being subsidised by the Government and will remain free for as long as this arrangement continues.