New car parking system at Daisy Hill Hospital  

March 30, 2010

The new car parking arrangements at Daisy Hill Hospital will begin on Wednesday April 7th, the Southern Trust has announced.

Car Park A1, closest to the main hospital building (Monaghan Row) is designated as a charged car park, primarily for the convenience of patients and visitors, while staff and those who do not wish to pay will be able to use other car parks around the site.

Charges start from 50p for up to 1 hour, £1 for up to 2 hours and go up to a maximum of £4.50 for 24 hours.

Exemptions will be applied in line with regional guidelines which include; renal dialysis patients; relatives of patients in the high dependency unit; and parents of children who need to spend long periods of time in hospital.

A recent survey showed that 80% of visitors stay less than 2 hours, therefore incurring a charge of £1.00.

The new traffic management system aims to provide safe, secure and accessible car parking for patients, visitors and staff, a Trust spokesperson said.

Mairead McAlinden, Acting Chief Executive of the Southern Trust, said: “The majority of car parking around the hospital remains free of charge but this new arrangement offers the option to those who wish to pay, to park closer to the main building.

“We would like to thank patients, visitors and staff for their patience while we have been installing the new charged car parking system. We hope that the new arrangements will help to improve traffic flow around the site and give better access to people using our hospital.”

Signage will be erected on site to indicate available car parking and to avoid unnecessary delays for patients and visitors.

The Trust is also working with Translink and Newry and Mourne District Council to introduce an additional bus route on the Hospital Road.