From Monday 10th May new parking technology is being introduced at Ipswich Hospital – and it means blue badge holders will need to register their vehicle with reception, as well as display their badge, to avoid fines.
The hospital team is introducing an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system for staff and visitor parking along with new payment machines allowing payment using bank cards and mobile phone, as well as cash.
Blue Badge Holders
There will still be free spaces for Blue Badge Holders, but they will need to register their badge and vehicle(s) with the hospital team, just once, to make sure they are not charged.
This can be done when you first visit Ipswich Hospital on or after 6th April by going to the General Office (formerly known as South Finance department). It is signposted on the ground floor of the hospital’s South Wards corridor and is opposite Bramford and Boxford wards and the Paediatric Assessment Unit.
Please note that the blue badge holder must be present at the time of registering. This is so the hospital can confirm their photo identification.
Leave the clock part of your blue badge in your vehicle and take the photo identification part, along with your registration number(s), to the office and the hospital will be able to register the blue badge for you.
You can register up to four vehicles to a blue badge and once you have registered your vehicle(s) you can park in the blue badge parking spaces free of charge and simply drive in and out of the car parks when you visit the hospital.
Please make sure that when you park in a blue badge parking space that you clearly display your blue badge, failure to do so could lead to a penalty charge notice being issued.
Blue badge holders are not permitted to park on yellow lines, hatched areas, non-marked parking bays, or on the pavements or grassed areas.
The only time you need to visit the office again is if:
- Your blue badge expires and you receive a new one
- You change your vehicle
- You come to hospital in a different vehicle
For everyone else – Car parking charges and exemptions will remain the same. The new arrangements will include a drop off / pick up time so any vehicles on site for up to 30 minutes will not be charged.
Long term visitors
If you are a patient in a department where you are issued a concessions permit – such as those who are receiving regular cancer treatment, or for those in labour – you’ll just need to tell the department’s reception team if you’ve travelled by car that day.
Staff car parking
ANPR technology is also being introduced in the hospital staff car parks, but car parking at the hospital remains free for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic in line with national Government guidance.
Got a question?
Anyone with questions about parking at Ipswich Hospital can email email@example.com
Helpers will be on hand in the car parks for the first couple of weeks after the ANPR launch to help visitors with questions.