Hospital car park barrier and payment system

A car park barrier and payment system operates at Basildon Hospital, The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and Orsett Hospital.

The barriers work on number plate recognition. Patients and visitors will need to go to a payment machine before returning to their car, and enter their vehicle registration number. The payment system will then ask for the appropriate charge, which can be paid by cash or by credit/debit card.

Parking charges

With 1600 spaces, the multi-storey car park at Basildon University Hospital was a massive investment.  Built in direct response to requests for improvements to parking, from local people, it cost £8 million.

To fund this, and the continued maintenance of the other car parks at Basildon University Hospital, The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and Orsett Hospital, charges for patients and visitors are:

  • Up to 30 minutes  free
  • 30 minutes to 2 hours  £3
  • 2 to 3 hours  £4
  • 3 to 5 hours  £5
  • 5 to 6 hours   £6
  • Over 6 hours   £10

There are parking spaces designated for blue badge holders near to the hospital entrances. Parking in these designated spaces is free.

Please note, there is a height restriction of 1.8m in the multi-storey car park. Vehicles affected by this should park in The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) visitor car park.

Motorcycle bays are available in the following areas:

  • At Basildon Hospital, by the cycle sheds outside the Maternity department

  • At The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, in the visitor car park

There is no charge for these bays and they are on a first come basis.


St Andrew's Centre

No charge for parking.


How do I pay for parking?

The barriers work on number plate recognition. The number plate recognition system will log your vehicle registration number and raise the barrier as you enter the car park.

Before returning to your car, please go to the payment machine. You will be asked to enter your car registration number and the correct payment which can be paid by cash or by credit/debit card.

The barrier will then lift when you exit.  

What if I have a problem?

Each pay station and exit barrier has a button linked to a member of car park/security staff, who will be able to help you.

Concessionary parking

To assist patients, relatives and carers who need to visit the hospital regularly and frequently, concessionary parking is available in certain circumstances. You may be able to park at a reduced rate if you are:

  • A patient who has to attend regular outpatient appointments, e.g. cancer and haematology - with two or more appointments per week over a four week period.
  • A relative of a patient with a stay longer than two weeks.

Please ask the nurse in charge of the department / ward you are visiting for further information.

How we use the income from parking charges

The income from parking charges goes to:

  • Maintaining the car parks
  • Car park management, including security staff

Any additional income is directed to clinical services.