Following your appointment you may be able to reclaim your travelling expenses.
You can get help with necessary travel costs to receive NHS treatment through a referral by a doctor if you:
• Get, or are included in the award of, any of the following income related benefits:
– Income Support
– Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
– Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
– Working Tax Credit (WTC) with Child Tax Credit (CTC)
– WTC with a disability element or a severe disability element
– CTC but aren’t eligible for WTC
– Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
– You receive Universal Credit – net earnings less than £435
• are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
• are named on a valid HC2 certificate.
You may also be able to get some of your costs refunded if your name is on a current HC3 certificate.
If you aren’t in receipt of a qualifying benefit but are on a low income and your savings are less than £16,000 (or £23,250 if in a care home) you may be eligible for assistance with your travel costs.
For more information about travel costs go to: www.nhs.uk/healthcosts and use the search facility to look up NHS travel costs.
You will need to bring with you:
• Proof of your entitlement
• Proof of your attendance ie ask the department for a confirmation letter
• If you are travelling by public transport your bus or train tickets
Please note taxi fares will not be paid for.
Refunds will be given via the Patients’ Bureau on the main corridor St Nicholas Hospital, where you will be paid over the counter upon production of a valid book, form or certificate. Please ask one of the administrative staff in the Forensic Outpatient Department to verify your attendance before going to the bureau office.