Patients and visitors to the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital are being advised that, due to unforeseen circumstances, payment for using the hospital’s car parks will be cash only for a short period.
The change, which comes into effect on Saturday 1st April and is expected to last approximately three months, means that anyone using the hospital’s car parks will be unable to use a debit or credit card as a method of payment.
Patients, visitors and staff can obtain cash by using the free to use cash machine in the WH Smiths shop located close to the hospital’s Main Reception.
James Maguire, Divisional General Manager for Estates and Facilities at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The temporary change is necessary because the company that currently processes card payments has gone out of business and, despite our best efforts, it has not been possible to appoint a new contractor before the 1st April.”
“We apologise for any inconvenience and advise people affected by the change to speak with the hospital’s car parking office near the main reception if they experience a problem.”
The Trust’s four other hospitals – Burnley General Teaching Hospital, Clitheroe Community Hospital, Pendle Community Hospital and Accrington Victoria Community Hospital – are not affected.