Parking facilities at hospitals in Goole, Scunthorpe and Grimsby are set to get a £400,000 upgrade, with Goole set to be first in line to trial the new technology.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) has announced improvement works including the use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology at entrance and exit barriers, along with new payment options.
The £400k improvements are particularly good news for patients at Goole hospital where there is currently a pay and display system in operation; this will be replaced by a barrier system enabling patients to pay on exit.
Goole hospital will be the first to get the new technology, which will then be tested and rolled out to the Scunthorpe and Grimsby sites.
ISS World, the company contracted by NLaG to manage its car parking and security is funding the works.
At all three sites new pay stations will be installed with a range of payment options including cash, card and contactless options plus online payment, SMS and telephone payments via an app called ‘whoosh’.
Disabled users, who will still benefit from the £2.00 fixed rate fee, will need to register their number plate and blue badge number with the system but once they have done this they will simply drive up to the barrier, it will open and they will be charged £2.00 when they go to the machine. They will not have to give their blue badge number every time they visit.
This and the use of ANPR technology should speed things up at the barrier for patients and visitors.
As the system will be paper free and will see a reduction in cash handling and processing it will save the Trust money.
Staff barrier car parks will also be fitted with ANPR technology meaning staff will no longer require swipe cards to use the service.
Keith Fowler, head of facilities at the Trust, said: “We are keen to move with the times and access the technology that is out there. We’ll be offering flexible payment options for all our patients and are particularly pleased to be able to offer the barrier parking for our Goole patients.”
Phil Whale, car parking and security manager for ISS World, said: “These improvements will also free up our staff allowing them to spend more time on security; helping to keep our patients, staff and visitors safe.”
Disruption will be kept to a minimum during the works, which are set to get underway in May.