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Help with travel costs

Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme

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 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 travel information:

The Government website also has helpful information and guidance about using a range of transport if you are disabled, including trains, planes and taxis.