Travel

You may be able to get help with the cost of travelling to hospital or other NHS funded treatment, or diagnostic tests arranged by a doctor or dentist under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme.

To be eligible for help with travel costs under the scheme, you must meet the below:

1. At the time of your appointment, you or your partner (including civil partners) must be receiving one of the qualifying benefits or allowances, or meet the eligibility criteria of the NHS Low Income Scheme.

2. Your journey must be made to receive NHS-funded non-primary medical or non-primary dental care services, to which you have been referred to by a GP, dentist or hospital consultant.

3. For referrals made by a primary practitioner such a GP or dentist, the service must be provided on a different day and in premises other than those occupied by the practitioner who made the referral.

You can claim travel costs for your children if numbers 2 or 3 above applies to them and you are in group 1 above at the time of the appointment. Any young person aged 16 or over may make their own Low Income Scheme claim – there is more information in leaflet HC11 - help with health costs.

You can claim travel costs for an escort, if your doctor, dentist or consultant says that for medical reasons you need someone to travel with you.

There is further information about the scheme on the NHS Website

 

Other support with travel costs

 

Blue Badge

The Blue Badge scheme provides national parking concessions making it easier for people with severe walking difficulties to park closer to shops, restaurants and other places they wish to visit. The badge is issued to the eligible person who can be the driver or a passenger in a vehicle. Parents of a disabled child under 16 can apply for a badge on their child's behalf.

There is a different application for blue badges for children under 3 year old. Parents of a child under 3 can apply for a badge on the child's behalf if the child, due to a specific medical condition e.g. needs to travel with bulky medical equipment or needs to be close to a vehicle for emergency medical treatment or rapid transport to a place where they can be treated.

Disabled Persons Bus Pass

The disabled persons bus pass is a national bus pass, which entitles the holder to FREE local bus travel throughout England. The pass is issued for FREE. You can apply for the bus pass by post or in person by visiting the Customer Services Team at the City of York Council.

Disabled Persons Railcard

The disabled persons railcard enables the holder to get 1/3 off their rail travel on most rail journeys across Britain. You can apply for the railcard online or by post.

National Rail also provide concessionary discounts for disabled people who do not hold a Disabled Persons Railcard. Please visit National Rail website for further information.

Yozone Card

The Yozone card is exclusive to children aged 11-16 and young people aged 16-18 who live or study within the City of York Council. The card entitles the holder to a reduced bus fare in the City of York Council area only. Not only that, the Yozone card also enables the holder to get discounts at various shops, restaurants and leisure activities in York. You can apply by post or in person by visiting the Customer Services Team at the City of York Council.

Also during September - October each year the Transport team aim to visit every York school. Please check at your school to find out which day the team will be there to take your photo.

 

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