ROYAL BERKSHIRE HOSPITAL
The Royal Berks has a multi-storey car park, accessed from Craven Road, and there are parking charges for this car park. Parking is free for disabled badge holders and there are designated parking spaces for disabled visitors - disabled badge holders are asked not to park on yellow lines anywhere on site. When entering the car park, take a ticket and keep it with you (don’t leave it in the car). When you are ready to leave the hospital, you need to pay the amount due at a pay station (on levels 0 and 2) to validate your ticket so you can exit the car park.
Parking charges are:
- Up to 1 hour £1.50
- Up to 2 hours £3.00
- Up to 3 hours £4.50
- Up to 4 hours £6.00
- Up to 6 hours £9.00
- All day parking £12. Maximum stay is 24 hours.
There are exemptions and those eligible are issued with a free parking permit (maximum duration of one month):
- partners of women in labour
- visitors (close relatives) to patients in ICU, SCBU, Paediatric wards
- visitors to patients who are gravely ill
- patients attending for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and dialysis.
- if you are a Carer providing care to a patient - please speak to one of the nurses or speak to the ward sister/manager or PALS.
The Royal Berks also has concessionary (reduced cost) parking permits (maximum duration one week):
- outpatient or day-case patients who are not entitled to a free parking permit whose appointment or treatment is expected to exceed four hours
- regular visitors to long-stay or very ill patients ‑ to be authorised at the discretion of the ward sister.
To get free or concessionary parking permit you need to fill out an application form (ask at the ward or clinic reception desk) and get it authorised by the ward sister or departmental manager. Then, present the authorised application form to Security at the reception desk, level 2 Main Entrance building. When a parking permit expires, eligible applicants can reapply for another permit.
Here is a link to a useful leaflet from the Royal Berks' website:
NEW PARKING SYSTEM AT TOWNLANDS HOSPITAL
A new number plate recognition parking system went live at Townlands Hospital on 10th April. A camera records the number plate of vehicles as they enter the hospital site from York Road. Visitor (rather than staff) parking is at the front of the main hospital building, and new signs will direct motorists to the main reception desk where there is a user-friendly touch pad (like an iPad) which you should use to enter your registration number to confirm that you are a legitimate visitor to Townlands. The reception staff will remind you and help you use the screen if you find it difficult. There is a final camera sited at the exit of Townlands, which will take the number plate of vehicles as they leave the site.
If you are just dropping someone off or collecting someone from Townlands, there is a 20 minute grace period. This means that you do not need to use the touch pad to enter your registration number.
Unauthorised parking will incur a fine but if you forget to enter your registration number on the touch pad and you had a legitimate reason to be at Townlands (such as a hospital appointment), you can appeal the fine as long as you provide proof to back up your appeal.
Hopefully the new system will make parking at Townlands simpler and visitors can park on site.
Here is a link to a useful leaflet from Townlands' website: