Parking at two hospitals to be strictly monitored from next month
PARKING at Carmarthenshire’s two largest hospitals, Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen and Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli, will change from next month.
Parking continues to be free, but use of the car parks will, from August 1, be strictly monitored by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
The introduction of this system is in response to long running parking challenges on both sites and to ensure that patient access is prioritised while at the same time providing parking for those staff who need it most.
The move follows the scrapping of £1 parking charges at both hospitals at the start of September last year.
In the months that followed the health board held talks over how best to manage the public car parks at both hospitals.
Following the scrapping of parking charges, there were reports in the weeks afterwards of people misusing the car parks at Glangwili to park for free and head into the town centre for work or shopping.
This has been less of an issue at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital.
With the new measures in place, patients and visitors can now park for four hours in the designated public car parks.
These areas are clearly indicated with purple or blue signage and drivers do not need to pay or get a display ticket.
Those needing to stay longer than four hours, must enter their vehicle registration at one of the validation terminals available at key locations across the hospital sites.
Patients and visitors are reminded not to use staff car parks under any circumstances - this is clearly indicated with red signage, say hospital bosses.
All staff who need to park at the Glangwili or Prince Philip hospitals are required to apply for a staff parking permit.
Staff are able to park in zones clearly indicated with red or purple signage. Under no circumstances should staff park in blue public car parks when on duty.
Staff may only park in a designated public car park on those days that they are not on duty. To allow this, these individuals should contact the Central Transport Unit to request temporary access when attending as a patient.
Joe Teape, director of operations at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “For the new system to work, we recognise that everyone must ensure that they park in the correct zones and that some staff may not be eligible for permits as we ensure only staff who have no other reasonable alternative but to travel to work by car can park on site.”
Staff, patients and visitors are reminded that a Park and Ride service is available for Glangwili Hospital. This operates between Glangwili Hospital and the Carmarthen Showground car park in Nantyci.
Parking is free and patients or visitors only have to pay for the bus. The bus costs £1 per person, but is free for staff, concessionary pass holders and under 16s accompanied by an adult.
For staff to receive a free bus ride, they need to present their ID badge to the bus driver.
Car parking at Prince Philip Hospital will be strictly monitored by ANPR from next month.