If you have a low income, or are in receipt of benefits you may be able to claim the cost back.
You may be able to get help with your NHS travel costs which are necessarily incurred, and those of a companion (if this is medically necessary), if you are either:-
- in receipt of certain benefits
- in receipt of a war or service disablement pension and your visit is in connection with that disability
- living in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, although this is subject to certain limitations
- living permanently in social work accommodation and you do not pay the full rate for that accommodation.
If you do not fall into any of these categories you may be able to get help with travel costs if you are on a low income.
For further information about qualifying for a payment, and how the payment is claimed and repaid, more information can be found at:
Alternatively you can contact your local CAB or oncology unit.
Macmillan Cancer Support - 0808 8080000 can sometimes provide grants to help with travel costs.
Each organisation funds itself in a different way, and some of them need to charge to pay drivers petrol costs etc
Most organisations provide door to door transport and wait for you while you are at your appointment.
USEFUL SOURCES OF HELP FOR PEOPLE WITH CANCER AND THEIR CARERS
CancerBACUP http://www.cancerbackup.org 0808 808 1234
Macmillan Cancer Relief [www.macmillan.org.uk] (http://www.macmillan.org.uk "Macmillan Cancer Relief ") 0808 808 2020
Cancer Care Society [www.cancercaresociety.org] (http://www.cancercaresociety.org "Cancer Care Society") 01789 483 0374
[www.carersonline.org.uk] (http://www.carersonline.org.uk "Carers Scotland")
0808 808 7777
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers [www.carers.org] (http://www.carers.org "The Princess Royal Trust for Carers ") Tel: 0141 221 5066
Marie Curie Cancer Care [www.mariecurie.org.uk] (http://www.mariecurie.org.uk "Marie Curie Cancer Care") 0800 716416
Crossroads [www.crossroads.org.uk] (http://www.crossroads.org.uk "Crossroads") 0141 226 3793
Cruse Bereavement Care [www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk] (http://www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk "Cruse Bereavement Care") 0845 600 2227
FOR PATIENTS AND CARERS
Benefits Enquiry Line [www.dwp.gov.uk] (http://www.dwp.gov.uk "Benefits Enquiry Line") 0800 882 200
[www.maggiescentres.org] (http://www.maggiescentres.org "Maggies Centres ")
0300 123 1801
Tak Tent [www.taktent.org] (http://www.taktent.org "Tak Tent ") 0141 211 0122
Search the website for your local groups and contact them directly.
If there is not a scheme in your area your local hospice may need volunteer drivers, or know of people who do.
Community Service Volunteers http://www.csv.org.uk have local offices throughout the UK and have details of many local groups who need volunteers.