PARKING CHARGES: EXAMPLES OF VARIABLE PRACTICE
AT HOSPITALS WITH RADIOTHERAPY CENTRES
Churchill Hospital, Oxford
Radiotherapy & chemotherapy patients
all get free parking permits
Inpatients only pay £5 to park
for their whole spell in hospital
Patients told about the permits at
their planning appointment before they start treatment
This is an official scheme - the
hospital writes off the lost revenue.
Lincoln County Hospital
All cancer patients get their ticket
stamped so they can park for free
Patients told about the scheme in
letters and appointments before they start treatment.
Patients attending daily radiotherapy
are given a parking permit from the main reception so that they
or their escort can park for free
Chemotherapy patients may qualify
for a permit if they are attending all day
Patients are told about the scheme
at their planning meeting before starting treatment and it is
also advertised at the information centre and on the day care
The scheme is administered by the
receptionist at the main reception
The scheme is not subsidised by the
department - the cost is just written off by the hospital.
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Charges: 0-1 hour: £1; 1-2 hours:
£1.50, 2-3 hours: £2; 3-4 hours: £3; 4-5 hours:
£4, 5-6 hours £6, up to 24 hours: £10
Two years ago cancer patients did
not have to pay. Now all cancer patients have to pay.
Royal Surrey County Hospital
Charges: 0-1 hours: £1; 1-2
hours: £1.50; 2-3 hours: £2.50; 3-4 hours: £3.50;
4-5 hours: £4.50; Over 5 hours: £6
There is a small dedicated car park
for the centre, but patients need to buy a ticket. Weekly concession
tickets are available for £15 a week for all patients (not
just cancer patients).
Christie Hospital, Manchester
Charges: 0-4 hours: £1.50; 4-8
hours: £2.50; 8-24 hours £10
A free parking permit is only offered
at the discretion of staff for patients in serious financial difficulty.
North Middlesex Hospital
Charges: 0-2 hours: £3; 2-3
hours £2.50, 3-4 hours: £6p; 4-5 hours: £7.50;
5 hours and over £9
Radiotherapy and chemotherapy patients
used to be able to get their ticket stamped so that they could
park free, but not anymore. Daily visitors can obtain a ticket
which allows parking for £1 a day.
52 The information in this appendix is based on data
from Macmillan's hospital audit which has been subsequently verified
by checking hospital websites and telephoning the hospitals. Back