PARKING at Carmarthenshire’s two largest hospitals, Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen and Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli, will change from 1 August 2019.
Parking continues to be free, but the use of the car parks is now strictly monitored by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras managed by Group Nexus (formally CP Plus Ltd).
The introduction of this system is in response to long-running parking challenges on both sites and to ensure that patient access is prioritised while at the same time providing parking for those staff who need it most.
Patients and visitors can park for four hours in the designated public car parks. These areas are clearly indicated with purple or blue signage. You do not need to pay or get a display ticket.
If you need to stay longer than four hours, you must enter your vehicle registration at one of the validation terminals available at key locations across the hospital sites.
Patients and visitors are reminded not to use staff car parks under any circumstance (clearly indicated with red signage).
All staff who need to park at the Glangwili or Prince Philip hospital sites are required to apply for a staff parking permit. Staff are able to park in zones clearly indicated with red or purple signage. Under no circumstances should staff park in blue public car parks when on duty.
Staff may only park in a designated public car park on those days that they are not on duty. To allow this, these individuals should contact the Central Transport Unit (CTU) on 01267 229620 to request temporary access when attending as a patient.
Joe Teape, Director of Operations at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “For the new system to work we recognise that everyone must ensure that they park in the correct zones and that some staff may not be eligible for permits as we ensure only staff who have no other reasonable alternative but to travel to work by car can park on-site.”
Staff, patients and visitors are reminded that a Park and Ride service is available for Glangwili Hospital. This operates between Glangwili Hospital and the Carmarthen Showground car park in Nantyci (SA31 3SA).
Parking is free and you will only have to pay for the bus. The bus costs £1 per person but is free for staff, concessionary pass holders and under 16s accompanied by an adult. For staff to receive a free bus ride, you will need to present your ID badge to the bus driver.
For car park maps and more information please visit www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/parking