Chesterfield hospital loses thousands in car park fees

Fire damage to Chesterfield Royal
Image caption The fire caused extensive damage to the hospital's main entrance

Managers at Chesterfield Royal Hospital say they are losing about £40,000 a month after a fire knocked out the electronic car park barriers.

Parts of the hospital were severely damaged by the fire which started in a fridge in the on-site newsagents after an electrical fault on 25 June.

The electronic systems were knocked out and since the fire, visitors have been able to park for free.

A hospital spokeswoman said they were working to restore the systems.

"Our car parking income is about £500,000 a year," said Sarah Turner-Saint.

'Substantial amount'

"The fire also knocked out the car park barriers so we have had no income from car parking since the fire.

"You're looking at a substantial amount of money and the loss adjustors are on site on a daily basis," she said.

No-one was injured in the blaze but it will take up to six months and cost "millions of pounds" to repair the badly-damaged front entrance.

Ten fire engines were sent to the scene and it took about 60 firefighters several hours to put out the blaze.

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