The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Travel, accommodation, groceries and car parking

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Car parking

Car Parking update - 7 September

We are continuing to discuss with the external organisations that have provided us car parking for the last few months to see if there is any opportunity to continue with their arrangements through September 2020. 

Free parking is currently being provided at Woodhouse Lane, Leeds City Council and Joseph’s Well.

  • Joseph’s Well have agreed to review the position each week and will seek to give a weeks’ notice of any reduction in availability - this is extended until 14th September for now.
  • Woodhouse Lane and the Car Parks and Streets around SJUH remain free with the key worker permit as already issued. As yet a review date has not been set.

As car parks get busier and workers in the city go back to their workplaces, the free parking to NHS workers is not sustainable within their car parks. Staff must start to consider options for travel that are not reliant on free parking being guaranteed.

Free parking on Trust premises will continue during September and will then be reviewed.




Current arrangements until 31 August

Barriers on all Trust car parks have been lifted and permit charges suspended until 31 August. There will be some restrictions around this which are outlined below.

This extension will provide people with more time to consider alternative travel arrangements for when parking restrictions and charges return, which, based on current information about how the easing of lockdown is being managed, is likely to be 1 September 2020. 

As patient activity across our hospitals starts to increase it is vital that staff do not park in patient concession bays, ambulance bays, yellow hatched areas and blue badge bays.  This is so those spaces remain accessible for those in greatest need of parking for clinical or mobility needs and our roads remain safe for pedestrians to cross. To help keep these area’s clear Traffic Officers will be issuing Parking Notices to offending vehicles.

Below is some site-specific information about car parking arrangements.

Car Parking Update [30/07/2020]

St James’s Hospital

The barriers on all car parks will be lifted and staff can park in any car park on site - this will be FREE until 31 August 2020  with restrictions - please observe the note below regarding the multi-storey car park. 

Until 31 August

  • The barriers to Trust surface care parks will be lowered and entry will be via the usual access arrangements with a permit
  • The barriers to the multi-storey car parks will be left in the open position to assist those without permits, patients, and visitors

The Trust is committed to helping staff with car parking and monitoring shows us that on most days we still have some capacity in the Dolly Lane/Benfield Ford Car Park shown on this map. The owner of the private car park at the back of SJUH has agreed a reduced daily rate of £2 per day for NHS staff during July and August 2020.

Multi-storey car park - LGI and St James's

Please can you ask yourself: “Do I need to be as near to the hospital as possible?” Ideally we would like staff working shifts, lates, unsocial hours and similar to be as near the building as possible. Other parking availability, especially at the LGI, is listed below.

Car parking around the LGI

We have been working with the private sector and our external partners at the University of Leeds, Joseph's Well and Merrion House to support with extra car parking capacity for staff at the LGI.

Until the end of August

Merrion Centre and Thackray Museum car parks are no longer available for free to NHS staff

31 July to 31 August

Great George Street car park, LGI will be considered a barriered car park and will only be available to permit holders.

Joseph’s Well

Until the end of August 2020 this is FREE, but cannot guarantee spaces. Please follow this process to gain access:

  • Pull up at the barrier
  • Show your LTHT ID Badge - you will be given access
  • On the way out, show your LTHT ID Badge at the barrier and you will be let out

From 31 July to 31 August

Please be aware that from 4 July car parking at Joseph’s Well car park will remain free for frontline COVID NHS Staff and access will be with a specific permit.  The paper permit currently in use will not be valid after 4 July. 

Parking in this facility will remain free to frontline COVID NHS staff over the month of August after which capacity will be reviewed.

If you apply for a permit please make use of this facility throughout the July period so that we can free up parking on the Leeds General Infirmary site for patients and visitors.

Please contact, with your request for a Joseph’s Well permit stating your name, job title and department. A series of distribution sessions will be announced at Jubilee reception during the course of this week. Please note that the permit issued will be valid at Joseph’s Well Car Park only.

Leeds City Council on street parking

Leeds City Council on street parking around St James’s remains free for August when displaying the Key Worker permit available on request from

University of Leeds

Leeds University cannot sustain arrangement any longer and parking for NHS Staff ends here at the end of July

Chapel Allerton, Wharfedale and Seacroft Hospitals

Park in any space - car parking is FREE.

For off site free car parking, please visit free NHS parking website

Groceries and retail

Retail opening hours

Please click here to view the latest opening hours currently in operation.

Morrison's essential grocery deliveries for LTHT staff

LTHT staff will be able to place an order for an NHS Food Box consisting of essential groceries from Morrison’s supermarket, to be delivered to St James's or LGI. Orders may be made through a dedicated online website. Click here for more information. 

Vending machines installed

Three “Food to Go” vending machines have been installed in our hospitals. They are located in

  • Gledhow Wing – next to the main bank of Vending Machines
  • Jubilee Wing main entrance
  • Clarendon Wing main entrance

They provide a range of ready meals, breakfast items and fruit pots which are available 24/7 through cashless payment. There are products that need to be microwaved so please purchase and take to your microwave in the staff areas. We are looking at developing this solution further in the coming weeks if successful to include a microwave “built in”. Click here to see the menu.

Shuttle buses

Click here to download the staff shuttle bus timetable from 6 July 2020.

Staff can use the main shuttle services as an alternate means of transport for onward travel arrangements.

There is currently no Benfield Ford shuttle bus service. If you usually use these services, the car parking team will be able to suggest alternative arrangements.

Please note that the following measures will continue to be implemented on the staff shuttle services:

The main site shuttle bus will be limited to 15 passengers max and the 17 set vehicles to 4 passengers max. 

  • We would ask that you leave a row of empty seat between yourself and the next passenger. 
  • Staff should sit in the window seat, to further space themselves from those travelling. 
  • We’d ask that you exit the vehicle one at time. 
  • When queuing for the bus, also observe distancing measures and allow staff enough space to exit. 
  • Please board the vehicle one at time and give the person in front enough time to take up their seat. 
  • Passengers should take the rear most seats first, working towards the front of the bus.


Uber discounts

Uber Medic is a new program that will provide 25% off on all rides and meal deliveries with Uber for the next 12 weeks for NHS workers. 

To access these discounts visit: - please use your NHS email account to register.

Will the Trust pay for taxis to get staff to and from work if it is not possible for staff to get to/from work due to reduced public transport?

Where the member of staff normally travels to work via public transport and there is an operational need for the member of staff to attend site, managers do have discretion to approve the re-imbursement of taxis. It is reasonable for managers to ask staff to consider alternative methods of travel, for example walking and cycling, taking into account the employees personal circumstances and the time of day they will be travelling. 

Staff are reminded that there is currently free car parking on site for all staff, with no permit required. Managers should also consider whether a temporary change to start and finish times if this is operationally practicable and would assist the employee with their journey to work.  Members of staff travelling by taxi should take measures to prevent virus transmission and should claim reimbursement using the online expenses system in the normal way. Staff who live a considerable distance from their place of work are reminded that hotel accommodation is available. 

Uber is offering a limited number of free rides up to the value of £15 for NHS staff - find out more here:



Single room accommodation has been made available in Leeds to all staff across the Trust. This accommodation is available for staff who may be working late and are unable to get transport home, or any member of staff who may wish to stay here if someone in their household is affected by COVID-19.

To book accommodation, please email / Telephone 01274 726424 quoting cost code 199962

For on call or very short stay bookings being made between 8.00am - 4.00pm Monday - Friday please email

For emergency bookings out of hours, for example because of difficulties with public transport, please contact Security Control on ext. 68246. If the onsite accommodation is full, Security will provide you with details of how to access a room in a city centre hotel.

If you are not sure which category you fall into, please contact to discuss your circumstances and the team will be happy to take your booking or direct you appropriately.


Travelling to and from work

You can download and print a Letter for Key Workers. This letter confirms you are an employee or contractor of the Trust and is a key worker who is critical to the COVID-19 response. You will need to have the letter signed by your line manager and should present your Trust ID badge along with your letter if challenged by a local authority.

Download the letter here.



Metro have confirmed that any UNUSED FULL weeks will be added at the end of the Metrocard.  In the meantime anyone with a MCard will still have deductions being made via salary.

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