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Parking BGH
Brighton General Hospital (BGH) managed parking scheme
20 January 2015

Brighton General Hospital (BGH) managed parking scheme

Brighton General Hospital (BGH) is home to more than 100 departments and services, and to more than 1,100 staff from three different NHS trusts. It is visited on average by more than 550 patients a day.

It inevitably attracts vehicle traffic and requires parking spaces for staff and visitors alike and to help us manage this more effectively we operate managed parking at BGH.

Most people will need to pay to park and their fees will help to cover the cost of the scheme. We reinvest any surplus income generated by the scheme once the costs are covered.

We operate managed parking in response to a number of factors including:

  • Our development of BGH as a major service hub for the city.
  • Residential developments nearby.
  • The introduction of parking restrictions on neighbouring streets.

Managed parking also help us:

  • Deal with the on-going problem of vehicle incidents, including blocked-in vehicles, failed deliveries and access for emergency vehicles.
  • Improve the safety and security of drivers, their vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Make it more likely for patients and visitors to find a parking space.
  • Support our commitment to sustainable healthcare and help reduce the environmental and social impact of our work.

How it works

We have created clearly segregated parking areas, with the main car park for the use of patients and visitors. Having reviewed how many patients come here and when, we are confident our parking provision for their use is more than adequate.

We have 27 disabled bays where blue badge holders can park for free, and provide seven drop-off bays where anyone visiting the site can park for 20-minutes without charge.

The visitor parking area is pay and display, with payments accepted in cash, by card or by mobile phone. In the event that a visitor exceeds their allotted time they can either top up by phone or return to the payment machine.

Staff wanting to park on site who don’t need to use their vehicle during the day can apply for an annual parking permit: charges varies according to how much they earn. SCFT staff based at BGH who come to and from the site during their working day can park in designated areas free of charge for up to three hours with an appropriate permit.

Parking fees

We’ve compared our proposed parking charges with fees charged at the main sites operated by local NHS trusts. In most cases we will be the same or less expensive on all visitor parking tariffs. Our staff permit prices and annual permit costs are also lower than neighbouring trusts. Our fees have not increased since the parking scheme began in 2015.

Parking Fees

Up to 2 hours: £2.50

2 - 4 hours: £3.80

4 - 6 hours: £5.00

6 - 12 hours: £10.00

24 hours: £20.00

PCN* issued if not parked in correct area: £100, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days

PCN* - Parking Charge Notice.

Who is the parking contractor?

One Parking Solution Ltd. (OPS) will administer and maintain visitor parking including the payment machine and a warden patrol service. OPS are members of the British Parking Association (BPA), the regulatory body for parking operators.                

Alternatives to parking on-site

Some patients are eligible for patient transport and many patients will continue to arrive to BGH in this way.

BGH is easily accessible via public transport. Brighton & Hove Bus Company operates the following bus services with stops nearby: 2, 21, 22, 23 and 37b (operated by Compass Travel).

There is a taxi rank directly outside our main entrance on Elm Grove and facilities for cyclists are available including covered bike shelters.

Any comments?

We regularly review our parking provision to ensure it is fair and meets the needs of all site users.

We believe our arrangements are consistent with the NHS patient, visitor and staff car parking principles, published by the Department of Health in August 2014.

With any comments please email us directly via SC-TR.BGHParking@nhs.net

Include a contact telephone number if you’d like us to call you.