In line with Trusts across the region and nationally, with
effect from Thursday, 1st July 2021, charges are being
reintroduced in our visitor car parks at Darlington Memorial
Hospital, University Hospital of North Durham, Bishop Auckland
Hospital and Chester-Le-Street.
Areas designated for patients and visitors are as follows:
Darlington Memorial Hospital
Public parking is clearly signed and can be accessed via the
main vehicle entrance, off Hollyhurst Road.
University Hospital of North Durham
The main patient/visitor car park is accessible via the barrier
entry system, which dispenses a ticket. At the end of your
visit, payment can be made, using the ticket, via machines outside
the main hospital entrance. Use the validated ticket to raise
the barrier as you leave the car park.
Bishop Auckland Hospital
Patient and visitor spaces are both within the Cockton Hill Road
car park which is adjacent to the outpatients and physiotherapy
Chester le Street Hospital
The car park is shared with staff. The barrier at the car
park entrance dispenses a ticket on arrival with payment made on
departure at the car parking payment machine which is located
inside the hospital reception area.
Parking is FREE in the public car parks at The Richardson
Hospital, Sedgefield Community Hospital, Shotley Bridge Hospital
and The Weardale Hospital.
Some groups are exempt from charges:
Blue Badge holders: anyone with a valid Blue
Badge attending hospital as a patient or visitor receive free
parking for the duration of their visit.
Frequent outpatient attenders: free
parking will be provided for anyone attending at least three
outpatient appointments in a month (30 days) for a minimum of three
consecutive months - including patients receiving cancer
Parents of sick children staying overnight:
parents or guardians (up to two vehicles), visiting a child or
young person under 18 who is admitted as an inpatient overnight,
will receive free parking between 7.30pm and 8.00am.
Please speak to the ward manager or those involved in your care
if you believe you may qualify for free parking and they can issue
you with an exemption form to place in your car windscreen whilst
parking on site.
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham