A hospital parking regime is to change after concerns were raised by patients and their families.
After listening to the views of local people, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has concluded talks with ParkingEye, the company which has provided parking management at its general hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside.
As a result the contract has been brought to an end and the car parks at Wansbeck, Hexham and North Tyneside general hospitals will have alternative systems in place by the end of the month.
Councillor Scott Dickinson, chairman of Northumberland County Council’s health and wellbeing board, said: “It became clear from patients and their families that the Parking Eye system at Wansbeck was causing major issues and upset in addition to what is often an already traumatic time for people.
“The trust has made the right move and I would favour a new system that doesn’t apply so much pressure on patients and their families.”
Patients and visitors should continue to pay for parking at Wansbeck Hospital and with immediate effect only cash will be accepted.
Disabled (blue) badge holders will continue to receive free parking however they no longer need to register.
They must, however, display their blue badge in their car windscreen.