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Getting Here and Car Parking

Bedford Hospital has two sites: South Wing and North Wing, the majority of our services are based at the South Wing site (which also houses Cygnet wing) please click on one of the links below for information on how to get to Bedford Hospital.

For a map of the Bedford Hospital South Wing site, please click here.
For an interactive version of the Bedford Hospital South Wing site map, please click here.

Accessibility

You can find detailed access information and photographic journey planners on the Direct Enquiries site (external link).

For information on the Health Care Travel Costs scheme, please click here

For more information about the Patient Transport service, please click here.

South Wing

Bedford Hospital South Wing is situated near the town centre in Bedford. The address for the South Wing site of the hospital is:

Kempston Road
Bedford
MK42 9DJ
Please click on the map below to enlarge.
(External link)

There are three main entrances to the hospital site, all of which have car parks:

  • Via Ampthill Road (A&E and outpatients department)
  • Via Britannia Road
  • Via Kempston Road

Car Parking

Bedford Hospital South Wing is situated near the town centre in Bedford. There are three main entrances to the hospital site, all of which have car parks:

  • Via Ampthill Road (A&E and Outpatients department)
  • Via Britannia Road
  • Via Kempston Road

Car Parking Tariff

Pay on foot Car Park Kempston Road
current
Up to 30 mins £1.00
Up to 1hr £2.70
1-2hrs £3.70
2-3hrs £4.50
3-7hrs £6.50
7-24hrs £12.00
Cygnet Wing Short Stay Car Park
current
Up to 30 mins £1.00
Up to 1hr £2.70
1-2hrs £3.70
2-3hrs £4.50
Kempston Road (non-barrier)/A&E/Weller wing/Britannia road overflow
current
Up to 3hrs £4.50
3-5hrs £6.50
5-6hrs £7.50
6-7hrs £9.00
7-8hrs £10.00
8-24hrs £12.00
Patient & Visitor Car Park Britannia Road (Kings Place)
current
Up to 30 mins £1.00
Up to 1hr £2.70
1-2hrs £3.70
2-3hrs £4.50
3-5hrs £6.50
5-6hrs £7.50
6-7hrs £9.00
7-8hrs £10.00
8-24hrs £12.00
Gilbert Hitchcock House
0-30mins £1.00
30mins-1hr £2.70
1-2hrs £3.70
2-3hrs £4.50
3-7hrs £6.50
7-24hrs £12.00

Weekly tickets can be obtained from the parking kiosk next to John Baker House (Kempston Road entrance). The cost of a weekly ticket is £15.

Britannia Road Car Park

The Britannia Road car park, which is accessed via King’s Place, operates on a ‘pay and display’ system. This requires visitors to park their car, then pre-pay for their parking at the machines located in the car park; you will thenbe given a ticket which you should display in your car.

Kempston Road Car Park

The Kempston Road car park operates on a ‘pay on foot’ system. On entrance to the car park, visitors will be given a ticket, the barrier will lift, and you will be able to park. If you are unable to find a space within 10 minutes, you will be able to exit the car park without incurring a charge.

Once this 10 minute grace period has elapsed, charges will apply. When you have parked your car, you will need to retain the ticket you were given. When you are ready to leave, you will need to insert the ticket into one of the pay machines, located in the lobby of the main reception area at Kempston Road. Once you have paid the parking charge you will need to drive to the barrier and insert your ticket in order to exit the car park.

Accident and Emergency Car park

The A&E car park is accessible via Ampthill Road; however, please be aware that parking spaces in this car park are limited. This is a pay and display car park.

Disabled Parking

From 1 November 2015 Blue Badge holders attending the hospital can use any of the car parks (except the short-stay barrier car park) up for free.

Park & Ride

The Elstow Park and Ride bus service, which provides free parking and stops directly outside the hospital, operates from 6am until 11pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am until 5.15pm on a Sunday, with buses running approximately every 12 minutes from Monday to Saturday and hourly on a Sunday. A daily return fare costs £2.30 for adults, £1.55 for children aged 5-15 with children under five travelling free. Family and weekly tickets are also available. For more information, click here.

Volunteers

Volunteers at Bedford Hospital can apply for a free parking permit from the Voluntary Services department by emailing Voluntary.Services@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk, or calling 01234 795801

Reimbursements & Discretions

Parking or travel costs can be reimbursed for those claiming benefits at the hospital’s general office. Other concessions are available for patients and visitors at the discretion of ward/unit managers.

Bus Services

There are several bus services from the local area that stop at Bedford Hospital, including routes 1 (Kempston), 2 (Elstow Park and Ride), 42 (Flitwick), 53 (Wootton) and 68 (Stewartby). Many buses from other local towns and villages also stop at Bedford Bus Station, from where you can catch the number 1 bus service to the Hospital. A bus information kiosk can be found in the foyer of the Kempston Road entrance, which provides real time bus arrival time information with maps and timetables. A free copy of the Bedford Bus Guide can also be obtained from the Kempston Road reception. For further details of bus services, including timetables, please visit the main operators’ websites at www.stagecoachbus.com or www.grantpalmer.com. There are several other bus operators serving the area. For details of these as well as an additional bus and public transport information, please visit the Bedford Borough Council website at www.bedford.gov.uk/transport_and_streets/public_transport.aspx.

Train Services

Bedford railway station, on the main line from London St. Pancras, through Luton to the East Midlands, is about half a mile from the hospital (a 10-15 minute walk or a short taxi ride away). A smaller unmanned station, Bedford St. Johns, on the Marston Vale line from Bletchley, is about a five-minute walk from the hospital. Please note that there are steps to the main road and no taxi service from this station. For further details of train services, including a journey planner, please visit the National Rail website.

Taxi Services

There are drop off points for taxis near all the main entrances. Public telephones with a Freephone line to a local taxi service are located near the Kempston Road, Cygnet Wing and A&E reception areas for booking your return journey if required.

Travelling by Bicycle

There are covered cycle stores by the Kempston Road entrance and in front of the Cygnet Wing. There are also numerous other cycle locking points around the site. There are cycle paths leading to the hospital from Kempston along Bedford Road and from the south of Bedford along the Ampthill Road.

North Wing

The address for the North wing site of the hospital, on which Gilbert Hitchcock House is based, is:
Kimbolton Road
Bedford
MK40 2AW.

Please click on the map below to see an enlarged map of where North Wing is situated (external link)


North Winf

Car Parking

The car parking tariff at North Wing is:

Health Village
Up to 1hr £2.70
1-2hrs £3.75
2-3hrs £4.50
3-7hrs £6.50
7-24hrs £12.00

You can park at Gilbert Hitchcock House for up to 30 minutes for £1.

Bicycle & Motorcycle Parking

There is no dedicated motorcycle parking at the North Wing site. Bicycle racks are provided at North Wing, and usage is free of charge; however, the trust advises you use a security device (such as a lock).

Bus Services

There are numerous bus services around Bedfordshire that stop at Bedford Hospital North Wing site. Buses and coaches also stop in Bedford town centre and Bedford Bus Station. For further details of bus services, including timetables, please visit the operator’s website by following the link below.

Bus services in and around Bedford

Train Services

There are two train stations in Bedford: Bedford Station and Bedford St. John’s Station. Please click on the map above to see where these are situated.

For further details of train services, including a journey planner, please visit the National Rail website.


National Rail

Please note that Bedford St. John’s Station may not be suitable for some people as it is unmanned, involves climbing steps to the main road and there is no taxi service from the station.