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Car parking

If arriving by car, please use the visitors’ car park at the Children’s Hospital. The car park is marked on this Royal Hospitals site map.

There is a small charge for parking, which you will need to pay at the kiosk or pay machines BEFORE you return to your car.

Allow yourself plenty of time (up to an hour) to park and get to your clinic or ward. The visitors’ car park can get very busy and there can be queues at peak times.

As you approach the Children’s Hospital, you will see the hospital and car park are on two different levels. You can drop off passengers at the front door of the hospital before going into the car park.

You can access the Children’s Hospital from the car park by taking a lift, the steps or a footpath. The lift operates between 8am and 5pm.

Parking for blue badge holders

The Children’s Hospital has specific parking spaces for blue badge holders. Read more about car parking for blue badge holders at the Children’s Hospital and on the Royal Hospitals site.

Free car parking

Limited free car parking is available to people who meet certain criteria. Free parking is located in car parks managed by the Trust. There is no free parking in the car park at the Children’s Hospital.

Parents or guardians of patients with specific acute conditions who are required to attend the hospital on a regular basis will be entitled to free parking on site during their period of treatment.

Eligible people will be issued with a swipe card to park, but must pay their original ticket in the visitors’ car park before leaving or moving their vehicle to a car park managed by the Trust. This swipe card can be used in the car park managed by the Trust for the duration of the patient’s stay in hospital.

When leaving or being discharged from hospital, the swipe card must be returned to a ward or department member of staff. The barrier can be lifted by using the intercom when exiting the car park.

Free car parking will be provided to anyone who meets the following eligibility criteria:

Eligibility for free car parking
Patient Next of kin / partner Relative Visitor
Radiotherapy / chemotherapy Yes Yes if transporting patient Yes if transporting patient No
Renal dialysis Yes Yes if transporting patient Yes if transporting patient No
Critical care / high dependency N/A Yes Discretionary Discretionary

Trust staff will use discretion to apply the eligibility criteria in other situations where the duration and/or frequency of visits leads to significant charges, for example:

  • a patient who may have a number of outpatient appointments over an extended period
  • a patient who may benefit from lengthy or frequent visits from relatives or friends to help adjust to a new environment
  • a patient outside the prescribed treatment categories who has to make lengthy and/or frequent visits for treatment
  • relatives who are spending a lot of time with a very sick or dying relative
  • parents or guardians who are staying with their sick child or baby
  • husbands or partners who are with their wife or partner while she is in labour
Royal Hospitals site congestion

Belfast Trust would like to apologise if you find yourself in a queue to access the car parks. We fully understand that you may be concerned that you could be late or possibly miss your child’s appointment.

In these circumstances, you should proceed to the appointment location as normal. We will try to ensure that your child’s appointment can go ahead after you arrive.

If your child’s appointment needs to be rearranged, we will organise another date as soon as possible. We will ensure that our records do not show this as a missed appointment.