Coronavirus: Parking charges scrapped for staff working at hospitals across Doncaster and Worksop

Hospitals across Doncaster and Worksop have scrapped parking charges for staff due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

By George Torr, Local Democracy Reporter
Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 8:33 pm
Updated Monday, 30th March 2020, 9:04 pm
Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Doncaster Royal Infirmary

A nurse on a typical 12-hour shift would’ve had to pay £8.70 to park in any of the hospital car parks but charges have been dropped due to the crisis.

Trust bosses said it provided staff ‘one less thing to worry about’ during the global pandemic.

Latest figures from Public Health England show that Doncaster has nine confirmed cases of Covid-19.

The hospital announced its first coronavirus death on Monday. The patient, who was in their 50s, had underlying health conditions, the trust’s medical director Dr Tim Noble said.

Bosses have already imposed strict restrictions on visiting hours and significantly reduced the amount of outpatient and elective appointments which has freed up capacity in car parks the trust operates.

Richard Parker OBE, chief executive at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer free on-site parking for our colleagues during these exceptional times.

“With the challenges that lay ahead, ensuring the team can securely leave their car within our hospital grounds is one less thing to worry about.

“We have been able to offer this to colleagues as, in response to this situation, we have substantially restricted our visiting hours and significantly reduced the amount of outpatient and elective appointments undertaken within our hospitals, meaning we have more parking capacity available.”