Car parking charges set to increase at University Hospital

Car parking charges are set to increase at University Hospital, Coventry on Friday 24 June 2016 for the first time since April 2014.

Hospital bosses had previously agreed to use its own budgets to subsidise visitor car parking, but tougher financial pressures mean this is no longer possible.

Car parks are not operated by the Trust, but by a private company as part of the PFI contract.

There is a plan to create an additional 250 car parking spaces by building two car park decks on top of an existing car park outside the Arden Cancer Centre. This is in addition to the recent work to improve the traffic flow on site by changing car park barrier entrances in order to make it easier to access car parks, and also the new bus interchange which now has doubled its capacity and provides shelter for bus users which has seen less traffic queuing around the site in rush hour times.

The Trust intends to raise prices for the first time in over two years to the following:

  New charge from 24 June 2016 Previous charge
0-10 mins Free Free
1 hour £2.50 £2.30
2 hours £3.40 £3.10
3 hours £4.10 £3.80
4 hours £4.90 £4.50
5 hours £6.40 £5.90
6 hours £7.90 £7.30
7 hours and over £9.20 £8.50

The Trust has compared these prices to other same sized Trusts regionally and nationally and found that they are similar.

Free parking will remain for the following groups:

• Oncology (cancer) patients attending for outpatient intravenous chemotherapy / radiotherapy treatment
• Renal Dialysis patients
• Parents of sick children (who stay in hospital overnight to accompany their sick children)
• Those collecting paperwork related to a bereavement

Lincoln Dawkin, Director of Estates, said:

“An increase in car parking charges is never going to be a popular decision but we hope people understand that we simply cannot continue to subsidise car park charges.

“The NHS is under financial pressure and we are unfortunately now in a position where the Trust can no longer afford to maintain the charges at the same levels without taking money from budgets earmarked for patient care.

“We will continue to provide free parking for people who visit the hospital regularly such as people having intravenous chemotherapy and kidney dialysis. The proposed charges are in line with those found at similar hospitals, and are still cheaper than the full cost which the Trust is charged by the private car park provider.”



Should people wish to express their views to the Trust about the increases, they are invited to write into the Chief Executive at:

Car Parking
Chief Executive Officer
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
Clifford Bridge Road
West Midlands