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Darlington Memorial Hospital

DARLINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Hollyhurst Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL3 6HX

Tel: 01325 380100

 

Walking

A Walking Route planner is available on the right hand side of this page under Related Links, please utilise this to plan your walking route to Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Walking can reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart attack, stroke, and glaucoma. It helps manage weight, control blood pressure, and protect against hip fractures. Decreasing exposure to heavy traffic and long commutes also reduces stress, which over time increases the risk of conditions like heart disease it can also increase your sense of wellbeing.

Health Benefits of Walking

  • Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
  • Stronger bones and improved balance
  • Increased muscle strength and endurance
  • Reduced body fat

Cycling

A Cycling Route planner is available on the right hand side of this page under Related Links, please utilise this to plan your Cycling route to Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Cycle Storage

We have 2 part covered cycle shelters for visitors each containing 5 double stands. The location of these shelters is at the side of the security cabin in the Rowen Building/Mulberry Centre car park. Adjacent to Memorial Hall Opposite Security Cabin, 40 space shelter for staff only. 

Bikes are efficient, too. You travel around three times as fast as walking for the same amount of energy. You have your weight ratio to thank: you're about six times heavier than your bike, but a car is 20 times heavier than you. Cycling in the UK has increased by as much as 200% during the coronavirus lockdown. Twenty bicycles can be parked in the same space as one car. It takes around 5 per cent of the materials and energy used to make a car to build a bike, and a bike produces zero pollution

Health Benefits of Cycling

  • Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • Improved joint mobility
  • Decreased stress levels
  • Improved posture and coordination
  • Strengthened bones
  • Decreased body fat levels
  • Prevention or management of disease

Cycling Top Tips!

  • Wear a comfortable, well-fitting helmet
  • Be seen - wear bright clothes and something reflective
  • Stop at junctions and look, look and look again. If you're not sure, wait
  • Carry emergency contact details with you. If going on a long bike ride let someone know when you expect to return and the route you'll take
  • Keep tyres inflated; it makes for a smoother ride, means less effort to pedal and makes the bike easier to handle
  • If you are riding at dusk or in the dark make sure your bike has lights
  • Use hand signals to show where you are going. Help drivers to help you

Public Transport

Bus Time Tables are available on the right hand side of this page under Related Links, please utilise these to plan your journey to Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Approximately 85 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector are related to the surface transportation system. Public transportation use is one of the most effective actions individuals can take to conserve energy. Riding public transportation far exceeds the benefits of other energy-saving household activities, such as using energy-efficient light bulbs, adjusting thermostats, or using energy-efficient appliances.

Car Travel

A Car Travel Route planner is available on the right hand side of this page under Related Links, please utilise this to plan your Car Journey to Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Car Parking Charges

We operate 'pay on foot' systems in our hospital car parks, so please remember to bring some change for the car park ticket machines.

  • 0 - 2 hours - £3.00
  • Up to 3 hours - £4.00
  • Up to 24 hours - £6.00

Car Parking Charge Exemptions

Although we are not in a position to offer free parking for all users, there are circumstances in which parking is free.

  • Free Parking for Blue Badge holders: If all Disabled bays are full, you can access the visitor car parks and park free whilst displaying your blue badge
  • Free Parking for Frequent outpatient attenders: Free parking will be provided to all out-patients who attend hospital for an appointment at least three times within a month and for an overall period of at least three months. A 'month' is defined as a period of 30 days
  • Free Parking for Parents of sick children staying overnight: This is for a parent or guardian of a child or young person, under 18 years of age, who is admitted as an inpatient at hospital overnight. You will receive free parking between the hours of 7.30pm and 8am while visiting the child. This would apply to a maximum of two vehicles. This applies to a maximum of two vehicles

Exemption forms can be issued by the clinical teams in the following circumstances and where clinical staff feel it would be appropriate to do so for family or carer.  Just ask staff on the ward or department for details.

  • End of life - Where clinical staff feel it would be appropriate a parking exemption form can be issued to your immediate family / carer
  • Long stay patients -; normally those that have been an in-patient for more than two / three weeks
  • ITU / SCBU / neo-natal
  • Cancer patients - free parking for the duration of your treatment
  • Birthing partners - during the period of confinement birthing Dialysis and MRI patients - dedicated parking areas allocated for these individuals with respective departments issuing parking discs / permits

EV Charging Points
We have four Mer Connect 7Kw charging points which are available for visitors and patients located in the visitor car park behind the security cabin adjacent to the Rowen Building/Mulberry Centre. If these spaces are all in use please go to the security cabin and ask the team to direct you to other available points in the staff parking area.

Costs to use these points is £0.24 per Kw

Additional Information

While we endeavor to provide the appropriate car parking for our patients, visitors and users, spaces are limited and at peak times our car parks can get busy and congested.

If you do decide to travel by car, please leave plenty of time before your appointment to give you a chance to find a parking space. We cannot be held responsible for your late arrival due to car parking related issues.

It is extremely important that patients and visitors are able to park safely when visiting our hospitals.  Two of our car parks have been awarded the Park Mark award for our efforts to promote the safety and security of people and vehicles

Please do not park on double yellow or double red lines, hatched areas at any time as access is required around the site at all times.

There are also designated drop off bays / short stay parking areas at each of our sites which enable 20 minutes of free parking.

If you are parking in the local neighborhood, please be considerate to local residents.

Patient Transport

You can continue to use hospital transport services, including Patient Transport Service which is available Monday - Friday with first appointment drop off at 09:00 and last return journey collection is 16:30.

  • Patients in Teesside and Darlington can book transport by telephoning Transport Information Service on 01642 263 122.
  • Patients in the Durham Dales and East Durham can telephone Travel Response Centre on 03000 269 9999.
  • Patients in North Durham should either contact their GP or the Travel Response Centre.

Other support is available including, Help to Health: 0300 330 9242, The Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital volunteer driver service: 01325 743 866, the Link2 bus: 03000 269 999, public or private transport.

Patients who receive certain benefits can claim back reasonable transport costs from the cashier's offices at University Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital, or from reception at Bishop Auckland Hospital, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital and Shotley Bridge Hospital.

You can find further information on these services in the Patient Transport Services link on the top right hand side of this page.

'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital