The eye-watering cost of Newcastle & Gateshead hospital parking as Geordie patients hit hardest in UK

Three North East hospitals have been included in a top ten list of most expensive UK hospitals.

Motorfinity - a specialist discount car group, researched parking charge data from over 120 top hospitals across the UK to determine the top ten most expensive hospitals in the UK. This comes after the news that some UK hospitals are re-introducing parking charges.

As three out of ten hospitals on the list are located in the North East, the findings of the research revealed that A&E patients at North East hospitals could be forced to pay over £18 for 24 hours of parking.

North East hospitals included were Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital and The Royal Victoria Infirmary which both charge this amount, and were ranked in joint sixth place. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead ranked fifth, charging patients £18.50 for 24 hours.

Commenting on the research, Dean Skiba, Chief Operating Officer at Motorfinity said: “Some of the charges found in this research are pretty eye-watering.  For most, A&E is a last resort when seriously injured or ill, couple this with a hefty parking charge and it can be an extremely unpleasant and unsettling experience.

“Like A&E departments, ambulance services are also at capacity and the above charges certainly won’t encourage those who are able to travel by car to do so. Some UK hospitals offer concessions and discounts where necessary but for the vast majority of people, these charges are a harsh reality. Households are at breaking point with the cost of living crisis and these charges will surely be a concern to many.”

To view the full study of the Top Ten Most Expensive Hospitals in the UK by Motorfinity, please visit here.