Following a number of media reports about car parking charges at the Royal Surrey, the following statement has been issued by the Trust’s Director of Finance, Ross Dunworth:
“However, providing and maintaining parking facilities on a busy hospital site takes considerable resource and the Trust has a duty to do its best to make sure that we focus as much of our funds as possible on patient care. The vast majority of visits last longer than two hours so for most patients the cost of visiting our site is £2 per hour which is less than most hospitals.
“We are continuing to do all we can to make visiting our hospital as easy as possible and are currently reviewing our Travel Plans. We provide reduced parking charges for patients who need to frequently attend hospital. We are working with local public transport providers to provide low cost travel to the hospital and have also invested in the Hoppa patient transport service and encourage those who can to make use of these low cost options.”