NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is rolling out further our new car parking policy which is intended to provide safe and well managed car parking for patients, visitors, disabled drivers and to ensure staff who require their cars for work have access to parking.
The second phase of our car parking policy will be introduced at both Stobhill Hospital and the Southern General Hospital from Sunday, March 9th.
Patients, visitors and staff will now pay a sliding scale of charges at both hospital sites, as part of a package of improvements to the facilities.
The next phase of our car parking policy was delayed awaiting the outcome of a national review. That review has now concluded and national guidance has now been issued by the Cabinet Secretary. All the principles set out in the new guidance issued by the Scottish Government are met by our policy and the roll out at Stobhill and the Southern is being implemented following a detailed analysis of the parking challenges on each site, as the new guidance requires. The issues we need to address include -
• major problems for patients and visitors in parking on a number of our sites and increasing numbers of staff and patients chasing limited numbers of spaces;
• concerns about the quality of car parking, particularly security, and the lack of resources for investment in alternatives;
• the adverse impact of travel on the environment and health; and
• demands from Local Authorities to manage our traffic and reduce commuting by car.
We have also pegged charges at a maximum of £3 per day for parking on our sites.
Members of the public visiting either the Southern General or the Stobhill sites from March 9th will pay according to a sliding scale of charges:
0 - 2 hours £1.00
2 - 3 hours £1.50
3 - 4 hours £2.50
Over 4 hours £3.00
The package of parking changes includes extensive improvements in provision for disabled drivers.
Dedicated free spaces will be created on both sites for disabled parking. Disabled badge holders may park free in any public car park space on any site.
Alex McIntyre, Director of Facilities for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “Our priority has always been to provide safe and well managed car parking for patients, visitors and disabled drivers.
“The changes to our parking policy reflect this and will address the issue of congestion at our hospital sites ensuring those who actually use our services have a far greater change of being able to park, whether they are patients, visitors or staff who use a car to do their job.
“Assessment has been completed on each site to ensure that the introduction of the car parking policy fully adheres with the new national guidance.”
Other improvements include provision for low-income drivers to reclaim charges and to provide free or discounted parking for visitors who have to attend frequently for long stay patients and children younger than 16.
The penalty for inappropriate parking will be £40 (which will be reduced to £20 if paid within two weeks)
Arrangements for staff are based on an employee’s need to access a car to do his or her job, and the frequency of the journeys made. Those whose job is totally dependent on having access to a car (e.g. community midwives) will qualify for free parking. The remaining eligible staff with permits will pay the following charges:
• Staff earning less than £10k will pay £5 a month (around 25p per day)
• Staff earning between £10k and £30k will pay £25 per month (around £1.25 per day)
• Staff earning more than £30k will pay £40 per month (£2 per day).
For more information contact 0141 201 4429. The full NHSGGC Car Parking Policy is available on our website at www.nhsggc.org.uk.