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​Getting Here

​We are committed to green transport and recommend that you consider public transport as your first option to get to hospital. Chargeable car parking is available but, as at most hospitals, can be very busy at peak times.

Free hot drink! Come to Dorset County Hospital on public transport (bus or train) and we'll give you a free hot beverage to say thank you for choosing a green travel option. Produce your ticket at Damers Restaurant or the Terrace Cafe to claim your free drink.​

Site maps

Click here for a map of the hospital site

Click here for a map of each level of the hospital

Click here for a map showing where the steeper gradients are on site so those with mobility issues can plan their journeys better

Location map

This map shows directions to Dorset County Hospital from major regional towns and cities. Our address is:

Dorset County Hospital
Williams Avenue
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 2JY

 

Travel Information and Parking

Travelling by Bus
There are regular local buses to Dorset County Hospital. For the latest timetable details you can call the Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.travelinesw.com

Travelling by Train
The Dorchester South and West train stations are a short distance from the hospital. You can call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for details or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

Travelling by Car
Car parking is signposted as you turn into the hospital grounds. Pay and display is in operation. Parking for disabled badge holders is free (subject to a maximum 12 hour stay) and located close to all hospital entrances. Parking concessions are available in special circumstances, please speak to the ward or department concerned.

Parking Charges
Up to 1 hour £1.70

Up to 2 hours £2.60
Up to 3 hours £3.70
Up to 4 hours £4.50
Over 4 hours £7.00

You can pay for parking with cash at the parking machines or via a mobile phone app, details below ...

PayByPhone App

We have launched a DCH parking app to give patients and visitors, and staff who pay daily, an alternative to using cash in the parking machines.

The app is called 'PayByPhone' and you can download it on your phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Please note that the app charges 10p for the convenience of using it each time. It also charges for SMS messages but you can turn off that notification function. You can also pay online at https://paybyphone.co.uk or call 0330 060 4255. For more information please visit https://park.paybyphone.com/dorsetnhs/​

·         Download the 'PayByPhone Parking' app via your app store in the usual way

·         You can then register to set up an account

·         There is an option to receive SMS receipts and reminders when registering but please note there is an additional charge for this service of 10p

·         In the 'search by location number' box type '802360' for public charges or '802362' for DCH staff charges so you can get the staff daily rate. Please note, DCH staff must still display their staff permit.

·         Add your vehicle – you can add the number plate, vehicle type and an optional description​

If you have any queries or problems using the app please contact the Transport Office on 01305 255688 or transport@dchft.nhs.uk 

Parking Concessions

The arrangements for parking concessions at Dorset County Hospital have been reviewed and consolidated to ensure they are consistently and fairly applied for all eligible patients and visitors.

We have developed a range of parking concessions over the years to allow some public users of the car parks free parking or reduced charges. Unfortunately these concessions have not always been applied consistently by all departments due to confusion over what is available.

Hospital governors called for a review of the concessions to ensure people were able to more easily access what they are entitled to, so a comprehensive review has taken place and concessions will now be consistently applied from 14 October 2019.

The new system has been simplified so it is easier to understand and manage and can be administered fairly and consistently.

The concession permits available are outlined below. Patients and visitors who are entitled to parking concessions should ask the department they are visiting for a concession form to enable them to get a permit to display in their vehicle from the main hospital reception desk in North Wing or switchboard. You can also download a concession form for printing here​. Please contact the Transport Office with any queries on Ext 5688 or transport@dchft.nhs.uk

Parking Concessions (from 14 October 2019):

Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy - Free while in treatment

Intensive Care/High Dependency/Coronary Care - Free while in treatment

Palliative care/end of life - Free

Special Care Baby Unit – Free while in treatment

Renal Dialysis Unit - Free while in treatment

Discharge Lounge – 20 minutes free parking in marked bays, otherwise normal rates
apply

Emergency Department – 20 minutes free parking in marked bays, otherwise normal rates apply

Maternity - £2.50 per day

Day Surgery and Endoscopy - £2.50 per day

Paediatric Day Surgery - £2.50 per day

Cardiac Catheter Lab - £2.50 per day

General Wards – stays over 7 days - £12.50 per week