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The Most Expensive Daily Parking Charges At A&Es Revealed As Waiting Times Hit Record Highs

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New data analysis by car leasing company Hippo Leasing reveals the most expensive daily parking charges at A&E departments in England.

In December it was reported that every major A&E unit in England failed to hit its four-hour A&E waiting time target. This was the worst performance since targets were introduced in 2004.

At the same time, it was also announced that in 2019 hospital car parking charges brought in more than £254m of revenue for the NHS last year – a record high.

With topping up the meter likely to be the last thing on your or your loved ones’ mind in the A&E waiting room, many will opt to pay the daily charge to avoid a fine or countless trips back and forth to the meter if car parks do not have automatic number plate recognition technology.

So, with more expensive parking and longer A&E waiting times, where does this leave the public?

To find out where people are most likely to get hit financially by record waiting times, Hippo Leasing has analysed the cost of daily parking charges at over 150 A&E departments* in England:

A&Es with most expensive daily parking

NHS Trust

Location

Cost

1

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

London

£77.00

2

Whittington Health NHS Trust

London

£72.00

3

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

London

£52.80

4

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

London

£40.00

5

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

London

£29.00

6

St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

London

£25.00

7

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

Sussex

£20.00

8

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

South Yorkshire

£20.00

9

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Bedfordshire

£20.00

10

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Hampshire

£18.20

Of those studied, most on-site A&E car parks also charge a daily rate for any period over six hours, leaving motorists with little choice.

Unsurprisingly, given that London is the second most expensive place to park in the world, the six dearest A&E daily parking charges in England can be found in the Capital.

The most expensive A&E daily rate is at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital which, at £77, is more than triple the weekly parking price at 31 different hospitals in England.

Five more London hospitals feature in the top 10 most expensive list: Whittington Health NHS Trust (£72); Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (£52.80); Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (£40); King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (£29) and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (£25).

Outside of London, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have the most expensive daily A&E parking charges (£20), followed by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (£18.20) and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (£18.00):

A&Es outside of London with most expensive daily parking

Organisation Name

Location

Cost

1

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

West Sussex

£20.00

2

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

South Yorkshire

£20.00

3

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Bedfordshire

£20.00

4

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Hampshire

£18.20

5

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Sussex

£18.00

6

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Surrey

£17.00

7

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

East Sussex

£16.60

8

Leeds General Infirmary

West Yorkshire

£16.40

9

St James’s University Hospital

West Yorkshire

£16.40

10

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

Norfolk

£15.60

Expensive hospital parking isn’t just hitting people financially. A recent survey by PA Media of patients and visitors found almost 9 out of ten (86 percent) thought parking added to the stress of a hospital visit.

When it comes to free A&E parking, only a handful of hospitals offer this to patients and visitors no matter the length of their stay:

 

A&Es with free parking

Organisation Name

Location

Cost

Bunny Hill Urgent Care Centre

Tyne and Wear

Free

Clevedon Community Hospital

North Somerset

Free

Corby Urgent Care Centre

Northamptonshire

Free

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Cumbria

Free

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust

Shropshire

Free

Wiltshire Health & Care

Wiltshire

Free

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Trust

Merseyside

Free

However, 72 out of the 154 hospitals studied do offer free ‘drop off’ parking ranging from under 10 minutes to up to an hour, allowing people to find cheaper parking elsewhere.

Tom Preston, Managing Director of Hippo Leasing commented on the findings:

“The rising cost of hospital parking has become a big talking point recently, with politicians weighing into the debate during the election. The news that A&E departments are also failing to meet their four-hour waiting time targets has only added fuel to the fire.

“With longer waiting times, many are forced to pay for daily parking charges instead of per hour. Hippo Leasing’s study into parking at A&E centres specifically, highlights the costs patients and visitors can expect if parking on-site in different parts of the country.”

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