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400k parking boost for Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals

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Image caption The NHS Trust said it was "particularly good news" for Goole Hospital's patients and visitors where there is currently a pay and display system.

Hospital car parks in Scunthorpe, Grimsby, and Goole are to be upgraded at a cost of £400,000.

The work is funded by ISS World which is contracted by Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust to manage car parking and security.

The NHS Trust said it was "particularly good news" for Goole Hospital patients and visitors, where there is currently a pay and display system.

The £400k work will include automatic number plate recognition at barriers.

People will then be able to pay on leaving the hospital, instead of on arrival.

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Image caption The new technology will be rolled out to Scunthorpe General and Grimsby, after Goole Hospital

Keith Fowler, head of facilities, said: "We are keen to move with the times and access the technology that is out there."

The Trust said the paper-free system would save money.

Disabled users will still benefit from a £2 fixed rate fee, and once registered would not have to give their blue badge number every time.

Phil Whale, car parking and security manager for ISS World, said: "These improvements will free up our staff allowing them to spend more time on security, helping to keep our patients, staff and visitors safe."

Goole and District Hospital will be the first to benefit, before the technology is rolled out to Scunthorpe General Hospital and Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.

In 2013, fees rose by 46% - an increase which the Trust said would pay for improved facilities.

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