The Christmas period is a time for celebration and the last thing on your list would be a trip to the hospital.
However, for those in west London finding themselves having to make the journey to hospital over the festive period, many of the hospitals are offering free parking on Christmas Day, with some offering further free parking on the Bank Holidays.
The following hospitals will be offering free parking on their sites.
Imperial College Healthcare
This trust operates a number of hospitals in west London including Hammersmith Hospital , Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in White City , St Mary's Hospital in Paddington , Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith and also Western Eye Hospital in Marylebone .
All hospitals will have free parking on Christmas Day.
An Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust spokesman said: “We offer free parking at our sites on Christmas day in order to support families and friends wishing to visit their loved ones and to help our staff who are travelling to work that day."
London North West Healthcare
The trust will be opening up their car parks free of charge on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
"It's a difficult time for people with family members in hospital." A spokesman for London Northwest Healthcare said.
"It just takes the pressure off people."
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust
The West Middlesex site will have free parking from midnight on December 24 until 8am on December 26.
The Westminster and Chelsea site will offer parking free of charge from 9pm on December 24 until 10am on December 26.
A spokesman from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital said: "We think it's in the festive spirit to offer the free parking, but also it's obviously a less busy time of the year as far as car parking is concerned.
"We've still got people coming to visit those people unfortunate enough to be in hospital, so obviously we want to offer something to them."
The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust
Hillingdon Hospital will have free parking for patients and visitors on Christmas Day.
Staff will benefit from free parking from 6pm on Christmas Eve until 8am on Boxing Day.
Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust
Keep up to date with the latest news in west London via the free getwestlondon app.
You can even set it to receive push notifications for all the breaking news in your area.