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Patient Transport

TRAVEL TO A HOSPITAL APPOINTMENT

The organisations listed below (in alphabetical order) may be able to help with transport to and from hospital appointments:

1.  British Red Cross Transport and Escort Service  is for people who need someone to take them to a hospital appointment or treatment. The charge is 60p/mile.  Call 0191 384 1360

2.  Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care provides transportation to outpatients for radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment in specially adapted vehicles. The service is free of charge and covers Durham and 5. the surrounding areas.  Call 0191 28 55 999, email info@daftasabrush.org.uk or visit  www.daftasabrush.org.uk

3.  Help to Health (Volunteer Patient Transport)  provide a door to door service for patient whose medical condition impacts on their mobility to such an extent that they would be unable to access healthcare and/or it would be detrimental to their health or recovery to travel by other means.  You will be asked some questions when you call to make sure you are eligible.  The cost is 45p/mile plus any car parking fees or expenses incurred (to cover the volunteer driver's expenses).  Call 0300 330 9424 Mon - Fri (except Bank Holidays) 8:30 - 5:30.

4.  Mark Solan Charity (Spennymoor area) offers free transport to cancer patients.  Call Mark on 07584 705 673, Alan on 07522 723 322 or email info@teamsolan.org.uk

5.  Supportive provides assistance to people in County Durham and the surrounding areas who find it difficult to attend health appointments, get out of the house or use public transport.  They provide a number of services to help people in local communities.  Call 01740 658 880 or visit www.supportive.org.uk/transport

6.  Travel Response is an agency that books an ambulance to and from all hospitals in the North East and further afield if necessary, this is provided by the North East Ambulance Service. Patients with medical problems or mobility problems they are entitled to this service (e.g. if you have to travel everyday to a hospital for  chemotherapy and don't have any other means of transport).

You can book your first ambulance with Travel Response but if you need to use them every day, you will be known as a regular user and the hospital you attend will book the service for you.  If you just want to use it occasionally then you can book the ambulance yourself when you need to.  Call 03000 269 999.

7.  Woodlands Cancer Care  can help with travel costs to and from hospital for cancer patients and their families.  Call 0800 028 4463

 

 

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital