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Patient and visitor parking

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals are home to more than 100 departments and services, with more than 4,400 staff and over 2,000 patients and visitors using the hospitals every day. This inevitably attracts vehicle traffic and requires effective management of parking spaces for both staff and visitors and effective management of traffic.

Parking for patients, visitors and staff is provided in line with the Department of Health's guidance published in August 2014. This requires that users can get to the hospital and park if necessary as safely, conveniently and economically as possible. In particular, the guidance requires that:

  • charges should be reasonable for the area. Our charges match Dorset County Hospital and University Hospital Southampton pricing and are below Bournemouth Council charges.
  • Concessions should be offered (including free or reduced charges or caps) for disabled, frequent outpatients and visitors/carers of patients with extended stays in hospital or gravely ill. The available concessions are set out here.
  • Staff working shifts where public transport cannot be used should have easy access to parking.

All the income received from car parking charges allows our Trust to:

  • Maintain the car parks, manage their usage, and make them secure for our patients, visitors and staff 24/7 365 days a year. Importantly, effective car park management ensures that spaces and traffic flow around the site is maintained for emergency vehicles, patients and staff. CP Plus, an accredited car park company, manages our car parks on behalf of the Trust. Their office can be found at the main entrance of Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
  • Support more sustainable transport alternatives as part of the Trust's Green Travel Plan. NHS guidance stresses the need for hospital trusts to ensure that alternatives to the use of private cars are available for patients, visitors and staff.
  • All surplus money goes back in to patient care through increased income for the Trust.

Car park availability

Royal Bournemouth Hospital is limited by Bournemouth Council to 1,905 car parking spaces which are split between 705 for patients and visitors and 1,200 for staff, volunteers, contractors and partner organisations. Patient and visitor car parks are well signposted and all have spaces reserved for blue badge holders.

Please arrive in plenty of time so you do not miss your appointment, but if you are parking on or around the hospital site, please allow an extra 30 minutes as parking is limited.

At the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, public car parks are located as follows:

  • Car Park A - the front of the hospital opposite the main entrance
  • Car Park B - At the side near the Diabetes and Endocrine Centre
  • Car Park C - At the back by the Eye Unit and Derwent Centre

You will receive a ticket at the barrier on entry and should pay at the pay station before returning to your car. Car park pay stations at the Royal Bournemouth accept coins, notes and debit/credit cards, give change and have an intercom if you need help. The ticket returned to you at the pay station can then be used to open the exit barrier on leaving.

  • There is a small pay and display car park in front of the Rehabilitation and Dorset Prosthetic Centre entrance. This car park is primarily for patients visiting the Prosthetic Centre and for the Out of Hours GP service.

Christchurch Hospital has five car parks serving different areas as follows:

  • Car park A for MacMillan, Therapies, Outpatients, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, X-Ray and Ultrasound
  • Car Park B for the MacMillan Day Centre and MacMillan Outpatients
  • Car Park C for the Howard Centre, Blood Tests, and the Day Hospital
  • Car Park D for the Day Hospital
  • Car Park E for Dermatology

At Christchurch, pay stations do not accept debit/credit cards. New machines that do accept cards are planned for 2019.

Bicycle parking

At the Royal Bournemouth Hospital: available by the Main Entrance

At Christchurch Hospital: available in the Macmillan Courtyard


At the Royal Bournemouth Hospital: these can be parked free of charge outside the Main Entrance.

Travel expenses

Some patients in receipt of certain State Benefits may be entitled to a refund of their parking costs and travel costs. For further information, please visit the Cashier's Office at the Main Entrance.

Drop off and pick up areas

At the Royal Bournemouth Hospital: there are drop off and pick up areas at the Emergency Department, Main Entrance, the entrance to outpatients (West Wing) and at the Eye Department Entrance. Waiting is strictly limited to 20 minutes, and cars must be parked in designated areas.

At Christchurch Hospital: at the outpatient entrance car park.

Electric vehicle recharging

At the Royal Bournemouth Hospital: there are two charging points located in Car Park A.

At Christchurch Hospital: there are no charging facilities at present.

Parking charge notices

Please look out for the signs in our car parks and on roadways around the hospital which explain where you can and cannot park. Parking charge notices (PCN) may be issued against vehicles failing to comply - for example, parking in hatched areas, out of a marked bay or in a manner that causes an obstruction.

If you are issued with a PCN, you can appeal against it by following the process detailed on the notice.