PATIENTS and staff will no longer be able to park for free at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital from Saturday week (August 1).

Q Park waived payments for the four months from April to the end of July during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis.

But it is now preparing to reintroduce charges from the start of August.

Permit holders will still be entitled to park for free next month, although they will receive a back dated bill for March when direct debit payments resume in September.

A Q Park spokesman said: "Anyone that does not hold a current permit/barrier card will no longer be able to park on the Musgrove site and will need to find alternative parking."