Car parking charges for patients and members of the public have risen at Lincolnshire hospitals for the first time in three years.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the county’s hospitals, has introduce the increased charges from December 1.
This follows the hike in charges for staff which was revealed last week.
Patients staying for up to one hour will have to pay 20p more, rising from £1.40 to £1.60.
Charges for between one and four hours have increased from £3.40 to £3.90.
Patients parking for over four hours have gone up from £4 to £4.60, a rise of 60p.
Blue badge holders have also not been spared a price rise, with the new charges at £1.70, 20p more.
Paul Boocock, director of estates and facilities at ULHT said: “The trust is currently experiencing significant financial pressures and has therefore taken the difficult decision to increase patient and public parking charges at our hospital sites.
“The cost of maintaining ULHT car parks continues to rise but our parking charges have not increased since 2014, so the decision to raise the prices was taken so we do not have to compromise or reduce investment in patient services.
“The increases are minimal and in line with local government rate rises, and still remain competitive and lower than most other NHS trusts in the region.
“We are committed to providing the very best care possible and hope our patients and visitors understand the reasoning behind these prices increases.”