Trust to review hospital parking

Wansbeck General Hospital.
Wansbeck General Hospital.

The healthcare trust responsible for Northumberland has reacted to complaints from the public about parking at its hospitals.

After listening to the views of local people, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding urgent talks with the company which provides parking management at its general hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The Gazette has been contacted by a number of Wansbeck General Hospital visitors who have been concerned about the new parking regime.

And since the new Parking Eye system was introduced at Wansbeck, Hexham and North Tyneside hospitals last year, patients and visitors have raised a number of issues with the trust.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “The trust has listened to, and is concerned by, the many issues raised by patients and families, since the Parking Eye system was installed.

“As a result, we are entering into urgent discussions with Parking Eye Ltd to find a way of addressing these concerns and preventing any recurrence of the issues which have been reported to us.”

At present, patients and visitors should continue to pay for parking using the existing system.