A HOSPITAL trust raised almost £2.5m in parking charges over three years.
North Tees NHS Foundation Trust made a total of £2,461,660 over its sites at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, over three years.
Hospital bosses say the fees are spent on improving the trust’s car parks in Hartlepool and Stockton and any cash left over goes towards patient care.
The trust collected £823,100 through its car parks in 2007-08, £801,887 the following year and £836,673 in 2009-10.
But that was less than half the parking income of Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital, which raked in £5.2m over the same period.
A North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman said the money raised through their charges contributes to the improvement of the car parks.
She added: “We have spent more than £300,000 in the last financial year increasing capacity and upgrading lighting to very low energy flood lighting in many areas of the car park.
“Any surpluses go to support patient care.”
The trust charges regular patients £15 for a weekly pass and £25 for a monthly pass.
For one period of treatment, the trust limits the cost of parking to £25 and renews a patient’s monthly ticket at no further cost.
Those being treated for cancer are offered free parking.
The trust issues £30 parking fines, reduced to £15 if paid within 14 days.