If you want to park at the hospital, it’ll cost you
COFFS Coast residents will soon have to fork out cash to visit Coffs Harbour Hospital as the facility prepares to introduce paid parking.
From August, patients and visitors will be charged $2 for one-hour parking and $4 for two hours.
The first 30 minutes of parking will be free and prices will be capped at $5 a day.
A Mid North Coast Health District spokeswoman said the changes will come into effect with the opening of the new 450-space car park, which is nearing completion at the southern end of the hospital.
The charges are in line with the State Government's policy that new parking developments at hospital facilities must also come with the introduction of fees.
People volunteering at the hospital will be exempt from the charges and a concession rate for the first three hours will be in place for people entitled to mobility and concession parking.
Commercial operator Care Park will run the facility's parking, with operations to be based in the main foyer of the health campus.
Existing car parks will have shorter-term spaces available for patients and visitors, while the new facility will include longer-term spaces.
Community consultation has taken place ahead of the changes.