New car parking charges have been brought in at hospitals across Northumberland and North Tyneside - with Cramlington seeing the biggest rise.
The new charges will result in a steep increase in cost for people who attend Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, in Cramlington, where the previous charge was a £1 flat rate for the day. Drivers will now have to pay the new rates as outlined in the table above.
The old charges at the other Northumbria Healthcare hospitals were:
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust says these changes have been made following repeated reports that some car parks – especially at the Cramlington hospital – are being misused by the public as a cheap 'long stay' alternative when they go on holiday or shopping.
Les Morgan, interim director of estates and facilities at Northumbria Healthcare, said: "We know that attending hospital can be a stressful time so we need to make parking as straightforward and easy to use as possible, which is why we have introduced consistent pricing across our sites.
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