Car parking charges at NHS Lothian hospitals

p A new car park charging system is unveiled this weekend that will lead to lower charges for many patients and visitors to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.


Further changes at St John's Hospital will lead to improvements to security and safety around the Livingston site.

Drivers will, from Sunday 2nd September, pay £1 for up to four hours, £3 for between four to seven hours and £7 for seven to ten hours at the Western General. Previously, anyone parking between four and six hours will have paid £7.

Drivers visiting St John's will, from Sunday, get a ticket on entering the car park and then pay £1 for up to four hours or £2 for more than four hours.

The charges at both hospitals have been reviewed as part of a Lothian-wide transport project.

John Jack, Director of Facilities NHS Lothian said:

"NHS Lothian does not make any money from car parking. In line with Scottish Executive guidelines, any income must be used to offset the costs associated with the provision of safe car parking facilities at our hospitals.
"The changes we have already made at the Western General site have improved parking and traffic flow and we are progressing plans to increase the number of spaces available. The introduction of charging and car park barriers has significantly reduced the problem caused by commuters parking at the hospital and spending the day working in Edinburgh city centre.
"The improvements we have planned for pedestrian access, improved lighting and additional CCTV coverage at St John's Hospital will also make walking to the hospital a more attractive option.