East Kent hospitals trust is raising the cost of parking at its sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Margate.
Coming into effect today (Monday, October 8), the increase will apply to patients and visitors using car parks controlled by an electric barrier.
The cost of the first hour’s parking in the barrier car parks will go up by 30p with an additional 20p for every 12 minutes.
For a whole day’s parking, the charge will rise from £8 to £10.
However, the trust says the price will not change for frequent patients such as cancer and renal patients or regular visitors who can still buy weekly tickets to save money.
Prices won’t change at the other hospital sites or the pay and display car parks. Disabled bays are also unaffected.
Explaining its reasoning for the increase, the trust said: “Barrier parking is still the most cost-effective system for patients and visitors.
“The barrier system, introduced in 2013, is recommended for hospitals to use as it means visitors are only charged for the exact amount of time they spend in the hospital.
“All surplus income after running costs and car park maintenance is reinvested by the Trust into NHS services.”