Hospital parking charge review

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Parking charges at Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals are to be reviewed, bosses have revealed.

And the practice of allowing patients and visitors with blue badges to park for free will be discussed in that review.The charges are currently £1.50 to park for 24 hours at the Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals.

They also offer weekly tickets for patients and visitors, while cancer patients and long-stay neo-natal and intensive care visitors are entitled to free parking.

But new recommendations on charges are set to be presented to a board meeting at the end of this month.

Miles Timperley, director of facilities and services of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We provide a number of designated disabled car parking spaces and do not charge blue badge holders to park.

“We are currently in the process of reviewing both car parking facilities and charges, with recommendations due to be presented to the board for approval at the end of October.”

There is no suggestion at this stage that blue badge holders will lose the free parking, but the privilege has already been scrapped at several other hospital trusts.

Residents living near Chorley and South Ribble Hospital have complained that visitors regularly park outside their home.