PARKING at Carmarthenshire’s two largest hospitals, Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen and Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli has changed.

Parking continues to be free, but use of the car parks is now strictly monitored by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) number plate recognition cameras managed by CP Plus.

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 parking zones. 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 register your vehicle registration at one of the parking validation terminals available at key locations across the hospital sites. This will allow you to park for the rest of the day.

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 new permanent staff parking permit (available from the staff intranet site from 1 May). Staff are able to park in zones clearly indicated with red or purple signage. Under no circumstances should staff park in blue patient and visitor zones.

Joe Teape, Director of Operations at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Parking at Glangwili and Prince Philip hospitals has long been a source of frustration for staff and visitors and we’re hopeful that these new measures will go a long way to changing that.

“That 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 and adult.

For staff to receive a free bus ride, you will need to present your ID badge to the bus driver.

If you attend Glangwili or Prince Philip hospitals for your appointment and you need advice about parking, you can visit www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/parking or contact the car park operator CP Plus between 9am and 5pm on 020 7431 4001 for more information.www.bihyweldda.wales.nhs.uk/

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