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We welcome visitors and appreciate that your support can play a vital role in your relative or loved ones recovery.

Car Parking

Patient and visitor parking is as close to the entrances of Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals as possible. Access to the car parks is barrier controlled and monitored by closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.


Please be aware that at times parking spaces can be very limited but visitors are asked not to park outside official visitor car parks as this may inhibit access of emergency vehicles to different parts of the hospital sites.


How to access car parks


To gain entry to the hospital car parks, patients and visitors must collect a microchip token at the barriers. Upon leaving the hospital, drivers must insert this chip into a ‘Pay on Foot’ machine (locations listed below). After making payment, the chip is returned to the driver, and this is inserted into the barrier machine when leaving the car park.



The ‘Pay on Foot’ machines can be found at the entrance to Stafford Hospital or on the car park at Cannock Chase Hospital. The machines will only take coins or bank notes and charge for the amount of time spent on the car park. The charges are as follows:

Up to 30 mins £0.80

30 mins to 1 hr £2.00
1 to 2 hrs £2.50
2 to 3 hrs £3.00
3 to 5 hrs £3.50
5 to 7 hrs £4.00
7 to 24 hrs £6.00


Main entrance drop off zone


Visitors and patients with mobility problems can be dropped off or picked up at the main entrances to both Stafford and Cannock Chase Hospitals. If staying beyond the required time to drop off a passenger, drivers must move their vehicle to an appropriate car park.

Please note that parking in the drop off zones is strictly prohibited in order to allow access for ambulances and other service vehicles.

Patients and visitors who are disabled


Parking spaces for cars displaying the orange or blue European badges for disabled people are available. Parking is free-of-charge when there are no free designated disabled parking spaces, requiring a disabled visitor or patient to park on the ‘Pay on Foot’ car park.

To leave the ‘Pay on Foot’ car parks, disabled people do not need to use the pay machines, but should go directly to their cars with their tokens. Upon reaching the barrier, drivers should have their token and disabled badge serial numbers ready, before pressing the intercom button to speak with the Car Parking Team, who will assist.

Patients attending Cannock Hospital and parking in Brunswick Road Car Park which belongs to the District Council, are asked to ensure they display their Badge and Clock correctly and not to overstay the time in the space they have parked in. The Parking Attendants need to see the side which shows the expiry date.


Visitors to longer stay patients

A discounted parking  tariff of £8.00 for seven days is available to visitors of longer stay patients on Shugborough Ward, CCU, ACU, Ward  1 and Ward 2. This enables parking in patient and visitor car parks, with no restrictions on the number of hours or occasions on which it is used.
To  benefit from this tariff hospital ward staff must  complete a slip which is sent to  the car parking office . Visitors enter the car park as normal collecting the chip coin, but on leaving they must visit the car park office to have the coin validated before exiting the car park. Only in exceptional circumstances will more than one permit be issued per patient being visited. Payment is non-refundable if the patient is discharged sooner than seven days.

Regular patients


Patients who attend regularly and over a long period of time, due to the nature of their condition and treatment, will be considered for free permits. Examples of patients whose treatment may warrant the issue of a parking permit include those undergoing haematology, dialysis or a transplant. Eligibility for a patient will be determined sympathetically and with due regard to the potential cost of alternative arrangements. Eligible patients include those on the Chemotherapy Unit, families of those on the -Special Care Baby Unit, Renal patients and the Healthy Heart Club.


Visitors to short-stay patients

Visiting times vary with each ward and visitors are welcome to attend during these specified times. However, they are encouraged to attend after 6.00pm if travelling by car, when parking will be considerably easier.


© Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, 2011