Parking charges at including Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital are set to rise, it has been confirmed.
The changes by United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust mean drivers will pay £1.40 an hours long stay, £3.40 for between one and four hours and £4 for between four and six hours.
The charges are up from £1.20, £3 and £3.50 respectively.
The trust is also introducing a daily charge of £1.50 per day for blue badge holders.
A spokesman for the trust said it is ‘in line with other organisations such as Lincoln City Council and North Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust who have also introduced car park charges for blue badge holders’.
The spokesman said: “We endeavour to keep our charges as low as possible at all times however the trust has financial challenges to meet and the cost of providing car parks increases year on year. We have had to make the difficult choice to increase these charges rather than reducing services closer to direct patient care.”
The trust says that its income from car parks covers the cost of running the facilities including maintenance and security, barriers and ticket machines, community charges, administration for car parks, capital investments, rates, lighting, CCTV.
The spokesman pointed to a commitment the Trust made in 2009 not to increase car parking charges for three years, which expired in 2012.
They said, however, free parking will still be available for oncology patients receiving regular treatment, collection of prescriptions and hearing aid batteries, parents attending to support child needs in the Special Care Baby Unit, clergy visiting parishioners, following bereavement and adults accompanying children for emergency treatment.
Concessions for outpatients in receipt of certain social security benefits are available and regular users can obtain discounted tickets.