Staff at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital risk fines as a result of a council crackdown on parking on surrounding streets.
Some leave their cars in on-street bays when the hospital’s multi-storey car park is full - and top up meters after the maximum four hours.
But now the council is stepping up enforcement to increase the turnover of parking spaces. Fines are £35 if paid within two weeks, then £70.
One nurse, who did not want to be named, said she it was ‘totally unacceptable’ that staff were not allowed to pay to park on streets including Beech Hill Road, Northumberland Road and Palmerston Road all day. “Many of us do not fit the criteria to be able to have a parking permit, so are forced to use the hospital car park, or the metered bays.”
Council cabinet member Leigh Bramall said: “Parking around the hospital is a big problem as there simply isn’t enough space. Our main priority is to provide short-term bays for patients to make it as easy as possible for them to park. People visiting will know there is nothing more frustrating than not being able to park. There are bays for longer term parking a short walk away and the hospitals have specially designed travel plans, developed with staff.”