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Please do not drive unless you have no other option: parking space is very limited and there is no on-street parking nearby. If you have no alternative, please allow 45 minutes to find a space. We strongly advise you to make every possible effort to travel by other means.

Getting to the John Radcliffe Hospital (from Oxford) with Oxford Bus Company

Park & Ride

If driving to Oxford, please use the Park & Ride services.

The buses run Monday to Friday and stop at the hospital a short distance from the main entrances.

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Kennington and Hinksey Hill contraflow and London Road roadworks - October/November 2014

Please use postcode OX3 9DU, when using online routefinders for directions to the John Radcliffe, to take you to the correct entrance.

If driving to the hospital by car, follow signs for Oxford then the 'H' / 'A&E' and 'Hospitals' signs. You'll be directed via the A40 northern by-pass, and B5150 (Marsh Lane) or via Headington on the A420 London Road. These routes take you to the B4495 (Headley Way). The approach road to the John Radcliffe is on Headley Way.

From the Woodstock Road, travel north for one mile, then right (Moreton Road) following the 'H' and 'A&E' and 'John Radcliffe' signs, along Marston Ferry Road to Headley Way.

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Dropping off a patient

From the front of the main entrance follow the road round past the 'ambulance drop-off only' bay that is under the canopy; there are two free 15 minute drop-off bays there for patients' drivers. You may use the 'delivery' bay that is in the centre of this area if the 'drop-off' bays are occupied.

There are more patient drop-off areas outside A&E and in front of the West Wing / Children's Hospital, further down the hill. There are wheelchairs in the reception areas that you can take out to the car to collect a patient if needed.

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There is free motorcycle parking to the right of the main entrance on Level 2 of the John Radcliffe Hospital and on the ground floor of staff Car Park D.

There are four main public car parks:

  • Car Park 1
    For trauma unit, cardiac services and main hospital.
  • Car Parks 2 and 2A
    For main hospital and Women's Centre.
  • Car Park 3
    For West Wing and Children's Hospital.
  • Car Park 4
    For parents and carers of children with appointments at the Children's Hospital.

The car parks are run by the Trust and not as a commercial operation. All money raised goes directly back to patient and visitor services.

Parking charges

Daily parking charges
Up to 30 minutes Free (if vehicle exits within this period)
30 minutes to 1 hour £1.40
1 - 2 hours £2.80
2 - 3 hours £4.20
3 - 4 hours £5.60
Over 4 hours £7.00
8.00pm - 8.00am Free
Lost ticket charge £7.00

Parking is free overnight if you arrive after 8.00pm and leave before 8.00am.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept cards in our payment machines.

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Disabled parking

There is parking for disabled Blue Badge holders in Car Parks 1, 2, 3 and 4: disabled parking within these Pay on Foot car parks is subject to charge.

There are some free of charge disabled parking bays:

  • Opposite the main entrance on Level 2
  • By the West Wing / Children's Hospital entrances
  • Outside the Women's Centre

Blue Badge holders must observe the code of the Blue Badge Scheme. The John Radcliffe Hospital is a private site and therefore Trust parking restrictions apply to all drivers.

There is a £25 penalty for inappropriate parking in disabled spaces (£50 if not paid within 14 days).

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Car Parking Office

For more details about car parking on site, please contact the Car Parking Office inside the main entrance on Level 2, opposite the lift lobby:

  • Car Parking Office
    Tel: 01865 223044
    Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm
    Closed Bank Holidays

If you need help outside these times please contact Security via the John Radcliffe Hospital switchboard:

  • 01865 741166

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