Northumbria to seek planning permission for extra hospital parking
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is shortly to submit a planning application to Northumberland County Council to create extra car parking spaces at The Northumbria hospital in Cramlington.
The trust is seeking planning permission to build an extra 75 car parking spaces within the existing car parks and is also seeking approval for further expansion of the car park, should this be required in future.
In September 2016, the car park management system at The Northumbria hospital went live with a barrier system allowing patients and visitors to pay on exit. The barrier system has been working well over the past six months, however hospital bosses have been listening closely to feedback from staff, patients and visitors about the availability of spaces.
Since opening in June 2015, The Northumbria hospital has transformed emergency care for people living across Northumberland and North Tyneside, making sure those who are seriously ill or injured have quick access to specialist, consultant-led emergency care, seven days a week.
Like all NHS organisations, the trust has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of people accessing urgent and emergency care services, with over 20,000 more attendances during 2015/16 compared to the previous year.
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 for patients and visitors at The Northumbria hospital into line with the rest of the trust’s hospitals.
Car parking charges at Northumbria Healthcare remain among the lowest in the NHS and are used to cover the cost of maintaining hospital car parks. Any surplus funds are reinvested directly into patient care and developing local services.