If you are attending an NHS hospital for treatment you may be entitled to the cost of bus fare or possibly mileage allowance (this does not usually include taxi fares, unless it is deemed totally inappropriate to use public transport) to or from the hospital if:
• You or your partner receive income support, income-based job seekers’ allowance, family credit or disability working allowance
• Your income is low enough (claim on form HC1)
• You are attending a sexually-transmitted disease clinic more than 15 miles from your home
• You get a war or MOD disablement pension and are being treated for your war injury.
Payment can be made at any hospital. Please ask at main reception points. We may also pay for an escort to travel with you if it is considered medically necessary. The doctor or nurse looking after you will make this decision.
If you are visiting a patient who is a partner or close relative, you may be able to get help with your travel costs if you are receiving income support or income-based job seekers’ allowance. You can obtain the claim form from your local social services office.
When you arrive at the hospital please go straight to the ward specified on your admission letter. To enable the ward staff to admit you without delay, it is important that you bring the following documents:
• Admission letter
• New NHS number (obtainable from your family doctor)
• Postcode of your home address
• Pension book number and amount payable (if applicable)
• War pension details (if applicable)
• The name and surgery address of your family doctor
• Your Bradford hospital number if you have one.
You may wish to use this check-list as a guide:
• Night clothes, dressing gown, slippers
• Toiletries, hairbrush, comb, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste or denture cleaner, soap, face flannel, towels (hand/bath)
• Paper handkerchiefs
• Shaving equipment
• Walking stick
• Hearing aid
• Any type of special shoe
• Sanitary towels/tampons
• Small change
• Prescribed medication
Please ensure that all nightwear is fire retardant. If you wish you may also bring reading material. Magazines and newspapers are available at the hospital shop.
During your stay in hospital, monitoring equipment may be attached to your finger so it is important that all nail varnish has been removed and your nails are clearly visible. Patients with a full set of false nails should remove them before coming to hospital. Those with acrylic nails should remove one acrylic nail from each hand, ideally the index or middle finger.