Parking works winter 2017

Parking works are taking place at Airedale Hospital from January – March 2017 

What is happening?

Barrier controlled car parking is being installed in the Outpatients (P1) car park and the West (P3) car park.  The barriers will separate staff and visitor parking to make it easier for visitors and patients to know where to park.

The P1/Outpatients car park will be patient and visitor-only parking and will be controlled by entry and exit barriers.  The current parking spaces immediately in front of Outpatients will all be disabled parking spaces.

The P3/West car park will be divided into two car parks, each of which will be controlled by a barrier.  The spaces nearest the hospital will form the patient and visitor car park, and the spaces further away will be the staff car park.

As well as making improvements to car parking, we are working with Transdev to look at increasing the frequency of buses to the hospital site.

Why are we doing this?

We get a lot of feedback about the parking at Airedale.  We want to make it easier for patients and visitors to know where they can park. The new system will also be fairer, as people will only pay for the parking that they use, rather than having to buy a more expensive ticket because they’re not sure how long they’re going to be.

When does all this start?

The enabling works – e.g. cabling – are taking place during January and February.  The installation of the barriers will take place hopefully in late February into March.  At some point we will have to close the Outpatients/P1 car park for a couple of days: at the moment we plan to do this during February half term w/c 20 February but we will confirm this nearer the time.

There will be some disruption, but we will try to keep this to a minimum, and any diversions or changes will be clearly signposted.

How will payment work?

The patient and visitor car parks will be pay on exit, where you pay for your parking before going back to your car. The first twenty minutes for patients and visitors will be free.  Staff permit holders will be issued with a card to use to enter and exit the staff car park.

What will the charges be?

The parking charges for both staff and visitors are under review. The concessions that we currently offer for cancer patients and people visiting relatives who are in Airedale for longer than a week will continue. Exemption permits will also continue to be available for visitors to the Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Baby Unit.  We will continue not to charge for disabled parking.

Where does the money go?

We don’t use a private firm to manage our car parking so all the money comes straight to the hospital. It is reinvested in maintaining the parking infrastructure – including repairs to surfaces – and is also reinvested into patient services.

Where can I go if I’ve got more questions?

Please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 01535 294019 or email PALS.Office@anhst.nhs.uk