A new system which has made it easier for people to pay when they park at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) is to be introduced at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford next week.
From Wednesday 8 June 2016, a new automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system will be launched to manage car parking at PRH.
This system will deliver some key improvements, including a range of more convenient ways for people to pay on exit, improving the flow of vehicles to make spaces available for those who need them, increasing security, and allowing parking attendants to concentrate on helping visitors rather than enforcement.
There will be no change in parking prices when the new system is introduced.
ANPR works by recording your vehicle registration when you enter and exit the car parks. This means we can offer visitors a variety of different ways to pay once their visit to the hospital is complete. This could be by using the onsite machines to pay by cash, debit or credit card; or paying over the telephone or online when they get home. This removes the burden of having to ensure you have the right change to pay for a ticket upfront when your main concern is to attend an appointment or visit someone in hospital.
The onsite payment machines, which are much more reliable than the current “pay and display” machines, will be under cover and there will be more machines at the Shropshire Women and Children’s Centre for patients and visitors parking on that side of the site.
Parking charges at SaTH are still among the cheapest in the country, with people being able to park for up to 30 minutes without charge, and paying £3.50 for five hours or more.
Patients receiving dialysis, radiotherapy or chemotherapy and people visiting hospital for issues connected with bereavement are able to park for free. Anyone needing to attend hospital regularly can buy a discounted 10-visit ticket for £8.
Julia said: “We know parking is something that people are concerned about, so we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make the whole process, from finding a parking space to paying, as smooth as possible.”
On the day ANPR is introduced at PRH, staff from CP Plus, which manages the public car parking areas for the Trust, will be on hand to help people find out where to park and to help with any issues operating the new machines.