Scheme now in operation

Disabled badge holders are being reminded of the importance of registering their details before, or on the day, they park at hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust introduced a new car parking system earlier this year to standardise parking across its three general hospital sites.

As part of the system – called ParkingEye – all disabled (blue) badge holders are able to park for free at Wansbeck General Hospital, however they must register their details.

It can be done via www.northumbria.nhs.uk/parking, by calling (0191) 293 4353 or email carparking@northumbria.nhs.uk

Disabled badge holders who have registered their vehicle can park in the allocated disabled bays or any other public parking area.

Steven Bannister, director of estates and facilities at the trust, said: “So far more than 18,000 disabled badge holders have registered their details and we would encourage all badge holders to get in touch and do the same before they need to visit hospital, or on the day.

“People only need to register with us once and their vehicle will be exempt every time they visit one of our general hospitals. However, if people change their vehicle, travel in a different vehicle or have a new or replacement disabled badge, they need to let us know.

“The system offers people the option to pay by debit or credit card if they would like to and they can pay when they leave hospital.”

He added: “ParkingEye helps us deliver a much fairer car parking system and ensures that spaces for the public are located as near to hospital entrances as possible. We also have a free 20-minute period for ‘pick-ups’ and ‘drop-offs’.”