Hospital parking adds to stressHospital car parking making visits more stressful

29 April 2010

Hospital parking

Which? research has found that hospital car parking may not be good for your mental health. 

According to our recent survey, 49% of the public who had used an NHS hospital car park in the last two years found that parking arrangements had made their visit more stressful.

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Hospital car parking stress - Which? action

One Which? member’s son had a bad car accident and, as he lay in a coma, ‘my husband had to keep going out and either moving the car or feeding the meter during the hours of anguish as we waited to see if he was going to be OK. We were traumatised enough without worrying about a parking fine’.

Another member told us that her three-yearly breast checks are marked by her rushing to avoid expensive parking charges: ‘The relief when I do is equal to getting the all-clear on the breast X-ray.’

Which? policy adviser Claire Lilley says: ‘We’ll be working over coming months to voice members’ concerns and call on NHS hospitals to work on better systems for resolving problem issues such as finding a space, cost and battling confusing payment systems.’

Preparing for hospital - you can help

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Go to our website for advice on preparing and what to expect from a hospital stay.


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