In some circumstances, it may be possible to arrange transport for patients who have been clinically assessed as unable to make their way to and from the hospitals by either public or private transport.
Normally, this is because they:
- Are unable to get into a car unaided
- Are unable to leave their house without oxygen
- Need to be on a stretcher for the journey
Some people on a low income may be able to claim a refund for the cost of travelling to and from hospital, or another treatment centre, under the Government’s hospital travel costs scheme.
The fares of an escort may also be paid if the hospital agrees that you need someone to accompany you for medical reasons. You will be expected to use the cheapest form of transport available.
Where the hospitals are not able to assist with travel, there are several community transport organisations that may be able to help.
These are listed in the West Sussex community transport directory, available from West Sussex County Council. Detailed information on community transport is also provided on the County Council website.
You should speak to your GP or consultant in the first instance.
- St Richard’s Hospital transport coordinator: 01243 788122 extension 2817
- Worthing and Southlands Hospitals transport coordinator: 01903 285279