Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals have announced free car parking for patients, visitors and staff with immediate effect.
Patients, visitors and staff to both Warrington and Halton hospitals will not be charged for parking from noon today (Saturday) for an initial three month period.
Announcing the news, Professor Simon Constable, Chief Executive said: “We recognise that these are very difficult times for our patients, their loved ones, our staff and their own families.
“We know that patients and their visitors are concerned about coming to the hospital but we want to reassure them, and our wider community, that strict infection control and prevention measures are in place around the hospital. We are restricting visiting times and all unnecessary visitors to the hospitals to minimise any opportunity for exposure to infection.
“Offering free parking will remove the need to touch the high-contact parking machines as well as reducing some of the stress associated with a hospital visit due to car parking payments.
“We are offering free parking for our staff to show our appreciation of the extreme efforts they have gone to in preparing for and dealing with potential Covid-19 cases.”
The Trust is also advising patients and visitors to not come out of self-isolation or social distancing to attend their appointments – a new appointment in the future can be arranged on the telephone and many telephone consultations are being offered.