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.
Below is a list of items you may need during your stay:
- Medicines you usually take, prescribed by your GP or which you buy from a chemist or other shop (please give these to your nurse).
- Toiletries including toothbrush/toothpaste/denture pots etc.
- Shaving equipment.
- Sanitary towels or tampons.
- Nightwear, dressing gown, slippers.
- Small amount of comfortable clothes to wear during the day that are easy to put on and take off which do not restrict movement.
- Enclosed shoes or trainers.
- A small amount of money (cash machines are available at the Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital).
Mobile phones, laptops, tablets and other entertainment devices are permitted in most areas. If you want to bring these, it is at your own risk.
If you chose to keep anything on the ward, please make sure you fill out a patient disclaimer form.
Day case patients should only bring what is required for the time you are with us.
Please do not bring the following:
- Large amounts of money.
- Alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Jewellery apart from a wedding ring.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust cannot be liable for damage, loss or theft of your personal items.