Sign blunder sparks parking charge price-hike concerns at Sheffield hospital

The offending sign at Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, has now been removed
The offending sign at Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, has now been removed
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Patients have been assured that parking charges will not be hiked-up at a Sheffield hospital, after new signs appeared stating they had doubled.

Concerns were sparked yesterday after signs detailing new parking charges for staff and patients at Northern General Hospital were unveiled.

The signs stated that for more than four hours parking, prices had been hiked-up from £3.70 to £8.40 - an increase of 127 per cent.

They further stated that fees for between two and four hours had increased from £2.50 to £3.70 - 45 per cent - and gave prices for up to two hours, which is not an option currently available.

In the wake of the signs, residents contacted The Star to complain that the increase was 'disgusting'.

But today Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has spoken to reassure residents that there is no change in parking prices at all.

A spokesman for the trust said there had been an error on the new signs, which have now been corrected.

They said: “There was an error on some new signs put up at the Northern General Hospital yesterday, which suggested that car parking prices had increased.

"There is no increase in car parking charges at the Northern General for staff, patients or visitors and the signage contractors have apologised for the error. The inaccurate information has now been covered over and new signs will be installed as quickly as possible.”

Parking charges at Northern General remain at £2.50 for between two and four hours. The cost for more than four hours remains at £3.70.