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Car Parking & Charges

Frequently Asked Questions

Like all hospitals, demand for parking is very high and we can't guarantee you'll always find a space. Please leave extra time for your journey and consider using Park & Ride bus services and other public transport and sustainable alternatives.

The number of spaces we are allowed on site is determined by B&NES Council as the local planning authority. It is limited by the pressure on local roads and the possible adverse effect on air quality.

The Trust has to provide parking for patients, visitors and staff and receives no central funding for this. If we did not make a charge, the maintenance costs for repairs, lighting and security would have to be paid but would come from money better spent on patient care.

With charging it is also possible to manage the high demand for parking spaces at the hospital, give concessions for patients and carers who are frequent or long term visitors, and deter commuters and shoppers from using the car parks.

Public car park charges at the RUH have not increased since 2011. The fees we charge cover the costs associated with providing onsite parking. These include maintenance, staffing and security, and development and upkeep of the car parks and equipment. Extra income raised through car parking is invested straight back into the hospital and spent on direct patient care and services.

Appeals are made directly to the car park managing company ParkingEye. Information and contact numbers will be included with any PCN issued, either through the post or attached to a vehicle parked on site.

No. The automatic number plate recognition camera system records your registration number when you enter the car park.

Blue Badge holders park without charge. You must log your vehicle registration number(s) and Blue Badge details on to the ANPR computer database. Come to the main hospital reception desk with your documents, or call us on 01225 826274 and then present your Blue Badge at reception when you next visit. Each Blue Badge holder can register up to three vehicles.

You still need to display your badge in your vehicle while parked.

Please call 01225 826274 or email

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