Car parking charges have been reintroduced at Torbay Hospital.

As the Government moves to restore some normality and many healthcare services resume across Devon, health providers agreed to reintroduce charges for parking as they were prior to lockdown starting in March.

From September 1, hospitals across Devon reintroduced parking charges for patients and visitors.

Those entitled to free parking or concessions due to their condition or circumstances will continue to receive these.

Over the last few months, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has made some changes in how services are delivered with many appointments now being offered via phone and video consultations.

A spokesman said: “We will continue to offer alternatives to face-to-face appointments, wherever it is the right approach for patients and they are happy to do so. While we understand parking charges are not popular, they are unfortunately necessary to cover the costs of providing and running car parks.

“As we look to reduce our waiting lists, these costs cannot be taken from funds needed for essential patient care.”

Car parking charges for staff are currently being waived per Government guidance and will remain free for as long as this arrangement continues.