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Colchester General Hospital car parking

Updated 3 July 2017

We would strongly encourage you to explore alternative ways of travelling to Colchester General Hospital.

Visitors can park free of charge for the first 20 minutes in the Main Public Car Park and also for 20 minutes at the drop-off point outside the hospital's Main Entrance.

Although extra public parking spaces were created in 2015 we cannot guarantee you a space, especially at certain times of the day. Early afternoons are particularly busy when visiting coincides with outpatient clinics.

If you do drive to the hospital, please be considerate towards other users of the car parks and local residents. Nearby residential roads are narrow and unsuitable for patient or visitor parking.

Main Public Car Park | Pay on exit

Layout of Colchester General Hospital

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We have one large pay on exit car park for the public which makes it easier for people to get to their appointment on time without having to first find a space and a buy a parking ticket.


There are two pay on exit machines. Both accept notes – and the new £1 coins – and both machines give change, although they do not accept credit or debit cards (there are cash machines in the hospital). One is located under the canopy just outside the hospital’s main entrance and the other is in front of the visitor car park, across the footbridge and to the left-hand side as you walk out of the hospital.

Parking charges:

0-20 minsFree
Up to 1 hr£2
1-2 hrs£3
2-4 hrs£4
4-8 hrs£5
8-24 hrs£10

Discounts and concessions

Discount parking

Discount parking permits are available for regular visitors.

£15 for 5 days
£18 for 7 days

Application forms are available from the ward or department where you are a patient and must be validated by a member of staff.

To purchase your permit take the form with your car registration number to one of the following areas:

General Office | 01206 742334Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm
Welcome DeskMonday-Friday, 5pm-8pm
Weekends and bank holidays, 10am-6pm


Parking fee concessions for patients regularly attending clinics are also available on request.

Parking is free for patients attending for chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. Patients having chemotherapy in Mary Barron Suite or Elective Care Centre can obtain their exit ticket from the department (which keeps a record of the tickets issued).

If you have any queries regarding permits, please phone the General Office (see above).

Blue Badge Parking

Unlike on road parking, Blue Badge parking in the hospital grounds does not allow parking on double yellow lines or hatched areas.

Patients and visitors with Blue Badges are eligible to park in the parking bays marked for wheelchair access free of charge. These are available close to the hospital and in the visitor car park.

If parking outside of the Main Public Car Park then a Blue Badge must be displayed. If parking inside the Main Public Car Park take your Blue Badge to the Welcome Desk or General Office for a free exit ticket. Badge photographs will be asked to be shown as proof of ownership.

Please note that it is illegal to use a Blue Badge belonging to another person for the purposes of visiting them in hospital. Misuse of Blue Badges can lead to a £1,000 fine.

People on benefits

If you are a patient on any of the following benefits you may claim remuneration of your parking charges as well as an allowance for your mileage:

Visitors on benefits cannot claim, with the exception of parents with a baby in the Neonatal Unit. In these cases, payment will be made to one parent only.

If you wish to claim remuneration of your parking charges, please enquire - preferably in advance of your appointment - at the General Office (see above).

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Public transport

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