Weekend parking pay review at Pinderfields Hospital

Janet Shaw paid more than �100 in parking charges when visiting her sick mum at Pinderfields Hospital - but she could have saved at least �50 if there was any signage telling motorists of a �6.50-a-week concession for regular visitors. (W541C230)

Janet Shaw paid more than �100 in parking charges when visiting her sick mum at Pinderfields Hospital - but she could have saved at least �50 if there was any signage telling motorists of a �6.50-a-week concession for regular visitors. (W541C230)

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MOTORISTS have been paying too much to park at Pinderfields Hospital because cheap weekly passes are not available at weekends.

Drivers forked out for several £6.50 stays which should be covered by one seven-day pass for the same price.

The passes are available from the general office at Pinderfields, but it is closed at weekends.

Drivers are forced to buy a £6.50 ticket, which lasts 24 hours - and have to buy a new one if they come in and out of the car part to fetch belongings for loved ones.

Iain Brodie, general facilities manager at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, said: “When visitors purchase a ticket they are paying per stay. If they leave and then return then this counts as a new stay.

“We recognise that when the general office is closed this can result in visitors paying for a number of separate stays.

“We will be reviewing these arrangements with the car park operator to see if there is a more visitor-friendly solution we can put in place.”

Mr Brodie said visitors should get a receipt for any parking charges while the general office was closed.

Last month, the Express reported that visitors were paying too much because they did not know how to get the seven-day passes. Mid Yorkshire said visitors should buy a £6.50 ticket at the car park and then fill in a form from the ward.