Please note that parking is limited at all of our hospital sites and if possible we would ask that you use public transport or arrange for someone to drop you off and pick you up.
Car parking charges
Less than 20 minutes
Up to 1 hour
In the main car parks at our Pinderfields and Pontefract Hospitals, you collect a car parking ticket on arrival and use this to pay when you leave the hospital. This means that you only pay for the time you need.
Parking at Dewsbury and District Hospital is currently by pay and display, however we are planning to put in a pay on exit car parking system which will improve the service for our patients and visitors.
Parking charge notices (PCN) apply at Pinderfields Hospital and will be introduced to both Pontefract and Dewsbury and District Hospital in the New Year. These charges will apply in the following key areas:
- Parking in assisted parking ( blue badge ) spaces with no blue badge displayed
- Parking / blocking ambulance bays and designated ambulance areas
- Parking / blocking on double red lines (emergency ambulance routes)
- The parking / blocking of electric vehicle ( EV ) charging areas
There will be a 35 minute grace period in all cases before the Parking Charge Notice is issued and officers will act with understanding and compassion prior to the issue of any notice.
For more information, please see the signs located within the key areas listed.
Please note, we cannot guarantee parking spaces at all times when visiting our sites. If a friend or relative is bringing you to hospital by car, you may find it easier to be dropped off and picked up outside the main entrance. Please allow enough time for your journey and to find a parking space before your appointment.
Car park closure at Dewsbury Hospital
Please be aware that from Monday 31 July, the car park in between the Boothroyd Centre and Fitton House (opposite the Staincliffe Wing) will no longer be accessible. Pedestrian access to the Boothroyd Centre will still be available.
Alternative visitor parking can be located to the front of the main entrance to the Ridings building.
Disabled car parking provision will be available to the rear of Fitton House, alongside drop-off and pick-up arrangements.
A map of the hospital site can be found here.
Travelling to our hospitals
All of our hospitals are easily accessible by car, bike or public transport and therefore wherever possible please make your own travel arrangements to and from any of our hospitals.
Route to A&E emergency car drop off area:
Dewsbury and District Hospital
For people who are unable to use their own or public transport because of their medical condition, please discuss this with your GP (family doctor) who may be able to make arrangements for non-emergency patient transport.
If you have any special requirements because of a disability, such as accessing any of our hospitals then please contact the Trust on 01924 541000.
You can also visit the AccessAble accessibility guides for each hospital:
Our Trust maintains an active Travel and Transport Forum which supports the Trust’s Travel and Transport Strategy to develop and maintain a range of travel options. Part of this is to improve road traffic related pollution.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines NG70 (published June 2017) and QS181 (published February 2019) covers road-traffic-related air pollution and its links to ill health. It aims to improve air quality and so prevent a range of health conditions and deaths.
NICE recommends that Health Care Professionals are made aware that information on air quality is available, what this means for the patients and what actions are recommended.
You can access the Daily Air Quality Index (DAQI), provided by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), which tells you about the levels of air pollution and provides recommended actions and health advice.
What if I have a Blue Badge?
Drivers who have a disability and are Local Authority Blue Badge Holders are asked to park in the marked disabled bays at all our hospitals.
Our Trust offers NO CHARGES to blue badge holders, irrespective of time parked.
Please note: at Pinderfields Hospital, some assisted/disabled parking spaces are unavailable due to works being carried out. These are near A&E and opposite the main entrance of Pinderfields Hospital. There are alternative accessible spaces available:
- in the main visitor car park
- next to the Ashton Centre
- in the Diabetes Centre assisted parking bays
- at the hospital side of Eye Centre
- in the car park outside of Trust Headquarters.
Please see the map below:
If you require an assisted car parking space and experience difficulty locating one, please feel free to utilise any car parking space in any of our car parks. You can collect a concessionary ticket by visiting the ‘Car Parking Office’ office based within Pinderfields Atrium.
What type of concessions do you offer?
We know that there are many patients, relatives and visitors who use our services regularly and we have a range of parking concessions for these groups of people. These reduced rates are to help patients and visitors that need to come to hospital regularly for a length of time.
You'll find details of these car parking concessions in the documents below:
Please speak to your ward sister or matron for more information.
Can I claim a refund for travel costs?
You may be able to claim a refund for travel costs to the hospital for treatment or an appointment (for you or your child) if:
- You, or someone you depend on, receive certain benefits.
- You are on a low income.
To claim a refund through the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme, you need to take proof of your benefits, or your low income form, and all receipts for your travelto the hospital General Office at the time of your appointment.
Refunds are not given for people who are visiting.
For help, please contact the Benefits Agency on freephone: 0800 666555 or call the NHS Patient Services helpline: 0845 850 1166 for a HC1 form to claim for NHS low income support. General Office staff can also provide help and advice.
Patient and visitor shuttle bus
We offer a free bus service carrying visitors between Dewsbury, Pontefract and Pinderfields hospitals.
Service 113 takes patients and visitors between the three hospitals, seven days a week.
The hourly express service, set up following months of work between the Trust, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Tetleys Motor Services, is a result of feedback from the Meeting the Challenge public consultation.
During the consultation, people said that they needed a convenient, reliable way of travelling between the three sites.
The timetable operates hourly between 8am and 8pm Monday to Fridays and 1pm to 8pm Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. All buses on this free service are fully accessible.
Find our more information here.
We encourage our staff, patients and visitors to use public transport where possible - this helps ease congestion and saves car parking spaces for those who must use a car.
Travelling by bus
For details of the bus routes that service our hospitals you can contact:
MetroLine on 0113 245 7676. Metroline is open from 7am to 10pm daily (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day).
Or use Metro’s online Journey Planner at www.wymetro.com.
Pinderfields Hospital shuttle - there is a shuttle bus service (no 111) between Wakefield Bus Station and the Pinderfields Hospital main entrance with stops along the way.
Travelling by train
If travelling by train, the stations which would be needed to get to one of our hospitals are:
- Pontefract - Baghill, Tanshelf and Monkhill stations
- Dewsbury station
- Wakefield - Westgate and Kirkgate stations
For train times please visit the Metro website
For help with getting to our hospitals from the train station please use the MetroLine information above.
There are freephone direct lines to local taxi companies and these can be booked from any of our hospitals by using the freephones which are situated in the main entrances in all of our hospitals.
Patients on low income, or who are the dependants of those in receipt of such benefits, may be able to claim a refund for treatment but not for visiting. For further advice please contact the Benefits Agency on freephone 0800 666555.
Travelling by car
Pinderfields Hospital is situated about 1 mile from Wakefield city centre on the Aberford Road (A642). The postcode is WF1 4DG.
If you are planning to park at Pinderfields, please enter the site using the Bar Lane entrance. Visitor and patient car parks can be found by following the road round past the staff car parks.
Once there, you can follow the pedestrian walkways which are marked on the map, to walk to the relevant department. There are limited parking spaces if you enter the site using the Aberford Road entrance.
For drop off
If you are dropping someone off outside Pinderfields Hospital, please enter the site using the Aberford Road entrance. There is limited car parking around this entrance and the main visitor car parks can be located by using the Bar Lane entrance.
Pontefract Hospital is situated on Friarwood Lane almost in the centre of the town. The postcode is WF8 1PL.
Travelling by patient transport
You are expected to make your own way to the hospital wherever possible. Only if your medical condition stops you making your own travel arrangements, please contact your GP, who will arrange for transport to your first Outpatient appointment.
Travelling by bike
There are public bike parks at all of our hospital sites which are near to the main entrances.