Blue Badge Car Parking
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to introduce car parking charges for blue badge holders at Blackpool Victoria Hospital from July 3, 2017.
A spokesperson for the Trust said: “The decision to introduce parking charges for blue badge holders was an extremely difficult one that has not been taken lightly.
“The move however, will bring the Trust into line with many other health organisations and local authorities as there are more than 130 healthcare sites in England which have already introduced charges for blue badge holders.
“All NHS organisations are operating in a challenging financial environment and these new arrangements will support financial decisions we have to make and will protect our front-line services and staffing.
“The tariffs from car parking charges are re-invested into the Trust’s central fund to support services and enable improvements to patient care. It is also essential to ensure fairness and equality for all patients including those who are not blue badge holders but currently pay parking charges.
“Blue badge holders will continue to have designated bays and we are providing additional disabled parking bays.
“The Trust will have 102 designated blue badge holder spaces across the site which is almost treble the number recommended by national guidelines.
“The Trust has a number of concessions in place to support different groups of patients and visitors, including those visiting long stay patients and for patients receiving cancer treatments, and these will continue.
“Those patients who are in receipt of benefits may also claim travel expenses through the Hospital Travel Costs Scheme if applicable.’’
The charges for blue badge holders will be the standard tariffs already in place across the Trust’s hospital car parks:
- Up to 2 hours – £2.50
- 2-3 hours – £3.00
- 3 to 6 hours – £4.00
- 6 to 24 hours – £6.00
A number of concessions offered by the Trust will remain. There will still be:
- Reduced parking at a fee of £3 per day for parents of a child in hospital for the first two weeks of their stay and free thereafter
- Free parking for Haematology/Oncology patients undergoing regular treatment/appointments
- Free parking for a carer or relative of a patient who has been in hospital for over two weeks
- Free parking for three visiting relatives of a patient at the end of life.
All details of parking charges are on the Trust website at www.bfwh.nhs.uk
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