Colchester Hospital parking

An automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system is now in place at Colchester Hospital, meaning you now only pay for the time you are here.

You can use your bank card or mobile phone, as well as cash, to pay for your stay.

We have also introduced a 30 minute-free period meaning you will not be charged for dropping off or picking someone up from our site.


Anyone with questions about parking at Colchester Hospital can email

Please use the drop down boxes below for more information about parking at this site.

Parking – pay at the machines

You do this when you are ready to leave.

When you are ready to leave the hospital, go to the machines in the car park and enter all of your number plate. Press the search button and 3 options will appear:

  • Option 1 “Yes, that’s my vehicle and the correct entry time” – press and pay for parking
  • Option 2 “This is my vehicle but the entry time is wrong” – press and it takes you to the honesty screen
  • Option 3 “No, the picture is not my vehicle” – press and it takes you to the honesty screen

If the vehicle is not found it takes you to the honesty screen.

Parking – pay by phone

This link tells you how to pay by phone.

You do this when you arrive.

  • Visit the website, open the app or phone PayByPhone
  • Enter the location code (804078)
  • Enter the time you expect to be parking for and pay

You can extend your parking time at any point during your stay in the app or by phone.

If you use PayByPhone you do not need to go to the machines in the car park.

Parking charges

Visitors may park free of charge for the first 30 minutes in the main public car park or at the drop-off point outside the hospital’s main entrance.

  • Up to 30 minutes – free (you do not have to use the machines)
  • Up to 1 hour – £2
  • Up to 2 hours – £3
  • Up to 4 hours – £4
  • Up to 8 hours – £5
  • Up to 24 hours – £10

Long stay parking tickets are available from the kiosks located by the entrance barrier.

  • 5 days £15
  • 7 days £18
Disabled drivers

Disabled and self-driving renal patients can park for free. There are wheelchair access spaces by the main entrance of the PCC and in the visitors car park.

If you have a blue badge you must take it to the reception and register it on the system. The reception is located near the main entrance opposite the reception desk. You WILL NOT have to do this again until your blue badge expires or you change vehicle, as the ANPR system will recognise your number plate when you visit again.

Blue Badge holders must not park on double yellow lines or hatched areas.

  • If Blue Badge holders are unable to register their badge in person at the hospital, please email and the team will be happy to help.
Parking for chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients

Parking is free for patients attending for chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. Please ask the department for details.

Parents with a baby in the Neonatal Unit can claim. Payment will be made to one parent only.

To claim, please visit the general office.

Support for patients who claim benefits

If you are a patient on any of the following benefits you can claim back parking charges and get a mileage allowance:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Tax Credit Exemption Card
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
  • HC2/HC3 Form

Visitors on benefits cannot claim.

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