Hospital is in need of more parking spaces

Plans are being drawn up to increase parking provision at The Northumbria hospital in Cramlington.

Sunday, 5th March 2017, 9:33 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:49 am
Northumbria Healthcare is seeking planning permission to create extra car parking spaces at The Northumbria hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is set to submit a planning application to Northumberland County Council.

The proposals are for an extra 75 car parking spaces within the existing car parks.

And officials, who have seen unprecedented demands on services at the hospital, say there is potential for further expansion should it be required in the future.

Last September, the car park management system went live with a barrier system allowing patients and visitors to pay on exit, while hospital bosses have been listening to feedback from staff, patients and visitors about the availability of spaces.

Steven Bannister, director of estates and facilities at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Across the country, more people are accessing urgent and emergency care services than ever before and we have also seen unprecedented demand at our Northumbria hospital.

“Given that people are often attending the hospital in stressful circumstances, we fully recognise the importance of people and their loved ones being able to park close by the hospital and are taking steps to increase the number of parking spaces on site.”

If approved, the trust expects to build the parking spaces later this year and also plans to bring car parking charges into line with the rest of the trust’s hospitals.

Car parking charges are used to cover the cost of maintaining hospital car parks.

Any surplus funds are reinvested directly into patient care.