AN INCREASE in parking charges at Queen Alexandra Hospital have been confirmed.
The price increase will also see time bands increase.
At the moment parking at the Cosham hospital for up to an hour costs £1.70.
From April this year, £1.70 will cover 1.5 hours.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (PHT), which runs QA, approved the changes after discussions with Carillion, which manages the car park.
The new prices are as follows:
· Up to 1.5 hours £1.70;
· Up to 2.5 hours £3;
· Up to 3.5 hours £4.20;
· Up to 4.5 hours £5.20;
· Up to 6 hours £7.50;
· Up to 8 hours £9.80;
· Up to 12 hours £11.40;
· Over 12 hours £16.60.
Peter Mellor, director of corporate affairs and business development for PHT, said: ‘Carillion has responded positively to requests from members of the public and local politicians to be as considerate as possible when considering the new parking prices for 2014/15.
‘We know 80 per cent of the people visiting our hospital fall into either the first or second parking price bracket and so we are pleased to see the first tariff extended from one hour to an hour-and-a-half at no extra cost.
‘The trust has worked alongside Carillion to ensure the rise in car parking charges at the hospital are fair and remain as low as possible.
‘We are confident that Carillion, in line with its contract, has done the best it can for our patients.’
Patients and visitors who need to attend the hospital or visit relatives over a longer period of time can still benefit from a reduced parking charge rate.
This is at the discretion of the ward or clinic sister, and the cost is covered by PHT.