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Parking Costs Rise At Hospital

Monday November 25 2013

Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital

THE cost of parking at Barnsley Hospital will rise from this week.

Visitors and those attending day clinics will now have to pay £1.70 for one to two hours - a 50p rise - £3.20 for two to three hours, £4 for four hours, £5 for four to six hours and £5.50 for more than six hours.

The change will apply to all of the hospital's visitor car parks, both within the hospital grounds and on Pogmoor Road and Helensburgh Close.

Motorists will still be able to get up to 15 minutes' free parking, except in the Helensburgh Close car park where there's no free period.

The rise has been blamed on the running costs for the car parks.

Lorraine Christopher, associate director of estates and facilities, said the increases were necessary to make sure money wasn't diverted away from patient care.

She said money raised from parking is used to cover costs including security staff, maintenance, lighting and security cameras.

She added: "We have kept the increase to an absolute minimum and our prices will remain very much in line with other NHS Trusts as well as other public sector organisations in Barnsley.

"Our rates for people needing to park all day in particular will remain significantly lower than some other organisations.

"In addition, in most of our car parks, we will continue to offer a free period of up to 15 minutes so that patients can be safely dropped off and picked up.

"We're maintaining concessions for those patients and their main visitors who have to use our car parks frequently, such as long-term patients or those who visit us frequently for treatment for long-term conditions, and in some cases people are able to park for free."

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Reply Posted by Donna on Monday November 25 2013 at 10:36
This just isn't acceptable. When my gran was in hospital it cost me over £30 in parking alone, she was in for just over a week. It's just not acceptable.the charges should be going down not up!

Reply Posted by Thomas on Monday November 25 2013 at 11:29
@Donna I believe there is a £7 weekly ticket available

Reply Posted by Mystery on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 18:36
There is indeed but its not advertised very well

Reply Posted by Ged on Monday November 25 2013 at 11:31
It's OK having a 15min drop off point but at the wrong time you can't get near the place.

I like the system at Doncaster, it has a FREE park & ride from the racecourse for patients and visitors. It works well, a bus every 20 mins even on race days but it does get a bit hectic then, otherwise a cracking service.

How about a similar service from the Oakwell car park next to the Metrodome?

Reply Posted by Doreen on Monday November 25 2013 at 12:42
if you park in the car parks you get 20 mins free but if you park in the disabled car park at the front of hospital you have to get your ticket first so there is no free parking for the disability, if you are on pension credit you can clam your mileage back, , at Rotherham Hospital you can clam mileage and parking back ..

Reply Posted by AHR on Monday November 25 2013 at 12:57
Just as the waiting times go up in A&E they put the parking charges up.

Reply Posted by nigel on Monday November 25 2013 at 13:03
@Doreen you still get 20 mins free just use the same entry ticket within 20mins at the exit machine, in fact if you put the entry ticket in to the pay station on entry you get 30 mins free because it allows you 10 mins to get to your vehicle.

Reply Posted by jonboy on Monday November 25 2013 at 13:27
Why should we pay for parking when you do not now haw to treat ppl

Reply Posted by sally on Monday November 25 2013 at 15:15
Where does the parking money go. What is it used for? Should be used to pay for equipment. Or is it swallowed up in administration costs. What if someone is ill on low wages and struggle daily just on normal expenses, how are they supposed to find the money to pay parking charges when they have to visit hospital. Its beyond reason. Why charges were brought in is appalling anyway. Just a money spinner in my opinion.

Reply Posted by Tom on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 09:31
"She said money raised from parking is used to cover costs including security staff, maintenance, lighting and security cameras."

Im guessing the hospital has been left to raise its own money for this since the cutbacks on reckless spending on healthcare years wgo

Reply Posted by Kfc on Monday November 25 2013 at 15:33
Stop bleeding moaning. This is the first increase since 2008. Some people want everything in life for free. If it was not for the so called disabled people that there is nothing wrong with abusing the disabled spaces that would be fine. The first thing they do is get out of there cars light a fag up cough there tots off and go and see a Chest Specialists.

And as for people not finding a car park space. Perhaps if you had taken a bit more interest in your health and done more exercise than driving you might not be a burden on the NHS.

Reply Posted by doreen on Monday November 25 2013 at 16:39
kft not all disable people are like this, and we still have to pay for parking, as illness comes to most people, you better start running so it does not catch you up

Reply Posted by Kfc on Monday November 25 2013 at 18:29
I'm not the one that gives some of the. Disabled people a bad name. just look at the hundreds if not thousands of people in Barnsley claiming DLA and getting a free car. also people on here Nausea NIGEL telling people how to fiddle the car parking Machine.

Seems like I've touched a nerve or two.

Reply Posted by DLA on Monday November 25 2013 at 18:33
why? are you jealous.i bet your the low-life who phones up.grasser hope nothing ever happens to you!!

Reply Posted by Amy on Monday November 25 2013 at 18:32
The parking charges are ridiculous but why do blue badge holders keep saying 'and we have to pay for parking' ?? So you should, its a disabled badge not a golden ticket, you should pay like the rest of us

Reply Posted by Amy on Monday November 25 2013 at 18:35
Are you speaking to me?

Reply Posted by Kfc on Monday November 25 2013 at 19:48
I believe all people that are disabled and have trouble being mobile should receive support. However the problem is system has been abused by hundreds and again Thousands of people. We all no some one if not ten.

The new rules which have now come into effect have changed the way customers can get DLA and new cars etc.

It is estimated 350,000 people on the current scheme will lose their DLA in the first 3 years of assesment.

Also every single person under the age of 65 will be reassessed by a ATOS medical examination at a medical centre? No longer can people have a doctor visiting there homes.

Also every one that thinks there DLA is for for definable if you are 65 your claim will be assessed and YOU WILL HAVE TO ATTEND A MEDICAL in Person.

so all you genuine disabled people have nothing to worry about. By the way the distance you can walk has been reduced to 20 yards not 50.

And any one that says they have a Motabilty scooter to get around will automatically lose the DLA mobility.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Monday November 25 2013 at 21:08

"It is estimated 350,000 people on the current scheme will lose their DLA in the first 3 years of assessment."

No shit Sherlock, Atos and the DWP / Tories are doing the utmost to "socially Cleanse" society by murdering people with their Nazi esque welform reforms.

I'm guessing some of your post was a copy and paste job as the grammar is very good, the rest of it is poor.

Oh and you are quite wrong, Atos still do "home visits" for the most vulnerable in society irrespective of age.

Reply Posted by DLA on Monday November 25 2013 at 21:11
is it true about the mobility scooter in his post above!!

Reply Posted by jedi on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 00:29
Kfc remember 1 trip, fall, roadcrash, tour of duty, virus, bacteria or micobe and you will join the disabled you so obviously persecute with the vigour of a tru blue tory.
2000 people have died whilst being told they are fit for work by atos who by the way were paid 2 BILLION pounds last year and paid ZERO yes thats nothing in tax
who is bleeding the country dry ? Not the disabled thats for sure.
bankers yes, true blue tory policies yes, corrupt MP, s yes, but not the disabled
120 Billion in tax avoidance/evasion last year, by the likes of atos google ect all paying good money to the tory party.
Camerons propaganda has well sucked you in
the last time poeple were persecuted like this was germany in 1936 he started with the sick and didabled and finished with the jews
disabilty is less budget than foreign aid, but C an co will let their own starve whilst skipping on the world stage giving away money we havent got
as for the car parking, just another way to bleed us dry. It should be free for all
food banks and rip offs are the biggest grow industry in Britain today.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 17:12
The latest figure attributed to deaths due to welfare "reforms" or as I prefer, "Tory Social Cleansing" is 10,600 (est).

Reply Posted by jedi on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 00:51
Oh and by the way your love buddy Cameron claimed DLA EVEN THOUGH HE AND HIS WIFE ARE MILLIONAIRES and Camerons father created the offshore tax evasion accounts.
you havent touch a nerve kfc you have endorsed the persecution of disabled people.
persecution that went on for years till the first world war made so many disabled people could no longer look away, lock em up, and stop scocial integration
50,000 disabled people are about to loose their jobs and many more will become socially excluded.
or should we just gas and burn them .
Kfc you practce disability discrimination with such vigour you should get a job with ian duncan smith, who by the way has just wasted 468 million pounds on his universal benefit bullshit,
so between them they have spent more than tbey save
one last thing when the car market is flooded with motability cars many car workers will be out of work allong with ancillary companies,.
and disabled people will be stuck at home excluded from society in 21st century britain.
we can afford HS2, new trident subs we can afford free parking and social inclusion

Reply Posted by Wendy on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 07:27
Its disgusting most ppl that have to go to hospital are on the sick, n cant afford to live every day. I use to be proud to be British...now its just another dog hole that David Cameron has caused. SHAME ON YOU!!!

Reply Posted by kfc on Tuesday November 26 2013 at 11:13
@dla yes that true about Motability Scooters. The rules say if a person can operate a self propelled wheel chair or scooter then they will not qualify for the new PIP component of high rate ( that's the old DLA part)

You don't have to own a self propelled wheelchair just be able to use one. Very Harsh and will become a shock to thousands of DLA current claiments.

However the proper disabled people don't need to worry.

Also if you currently receive DLA and some one NOW TODAY reports you for DLA alleged fraud your claim will stop toady and you will be reassessed under the NEW PIP rules. So if you have some twisted neighbour of so called friend then beware

Reply Posted by anon on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 08:24
Doreen, you can be reimbursed for your parking as well....

Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 08:25
It's the same price for staff too!! Unless you have a permit which is about £30 per month and they are scarce. It's way cheaper than Sheffield and Doncaster. As for relatives , if you believe or have been confirmation that their stay will be up to a week you can get a £7 pass.

Reply Posted by angered on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 09:07
i have a legitimate disabled son who attends the hospital regularly. but there is never any room as able bodied idle arseholes take all the spaces..he has to park nearly half a mile away then cross roads in his electric wheelchair ,which is dangerous for him as its electric..this is why disabled parking spaces are closer to hospital,,not because they struggle to walk..!!! he would not mind paying any amount to park within the hospital grounds,,but as i say able bodied people take the spaces...this happens everywhere around barnsley..most able bodied people have no thought for disabled.!!!

Reply Posted by Tom on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 09:35
This is very true, and not just at the hospital. So many 'people' think they are above everyone else and think they dont have to park in a regular space

Reply Posted by Del on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 13:27
Kfc, I ain't disabled, I pay parking, don't park In Disabled spots blah blah blah, so you know this is not the repspinse of someone who you have touched a nerve on, but how dare you judge disabled and sick people and assume it because of bad diets or smoking etc. you are one uneducated, ignorant person who is probably sat at a desk as we speak doing naff all and stealing a wage, or sat on ya sofa at home with nothing better to do that judge the misfortunes and illness of others..... GET A LIFE or do something productive at least!

Reply Posted by Kfc on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 20:46
Del I'm not anti disable for sick people I'm the opposite. Give to the needy not the Greedy.

Reply Posted by Del on Wednesday November 27 2013 at 21:01
Sorry, I assumed you were with the comments you made re sick people being a burden as they had not looked after themselves. Some people get ill no matter how healthy they have lived. Your right about folk being tight though! I live near hospital and my street is full of nurses cars parking there cos they don't want to pay for a space! Our streets like an extended hospital car park with no ticket required!

Reply Posted by NHS worker on Thursday November 28 2013 at 09:35
Stop moaning about parking charges, bet some of you don't complain about paying £7 for a packet of fags!

Able bodied? Park further away and WALK!

Disabled, get there earlier to get a space!

Skint? How can you afford to run a car??

Rant over! Stop moaning and be grateful for the services you receive been though I'm sure some of you moaners have never contributed to society in your life, the NHS is still FREE!

Reply Posted by Kfc on Thursday November 28 2013 at 09:47
NHS Worker well said.

Reply Posted by Lauren on Sunday December 1 2013 at 15:37
Don't like the parking charges? Park on the streets near the hospital it's free and has no restrictions in place.
Most people claiming DLA are due a reassessment, illnesses can get better so why not receive the right amount if money for current condition, not the condition you claimed for in 19 naught blob? For those who's conditions have deteriorated, they will also be assessed accordingly. The ones who use it as an excuse to get away with working, or driving a free car for the laugh will be the ones who's hands gets scolded. If ur not entitled to something u shouldn't be claiming it.
As for the land owners of the car park, they are just trying to make a living like anyone else. If u don't like it don't park there, I never do!

Reply Posted by graham jones on Sunday August 23 2015 at 10:47
I stayed fortow hours fifteen mins and it cos me £4.10 wat a ripp off .