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Patient Transport


The organisations listed below may be able to help with transport to and from hospital appointments:

1.  Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care

Provide transportation to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care for outpatient radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment in specially adapted vehicles. The service is free of charge but patients need to be referred to the service by the Northern Centre for Cancer Care. The service does not take direct referrals.

2. Great Aycliffe Cancer Support

Our free patient transport Scheme continues to provide transport for any cancer patients in the County Durham and Darlington area attending hospitals for cancer treatment. All of our drivers are volunteers and each have had relevant checks carried out, and have been issued with ID badges and parking permits. As they use their own vehicle we retain a copy of their insurance, MOT certificate and drivers licence so patients can be assured that they are in safe hands.

3.  Help to Health (Volunteer Patient Transport)

Provide a door to door service for patient whose medical condition impacts on their mobility to such an extent that they would be unable to access healthcare and/or it would be detrimental to their health or recovery to travel by other means.  You will be asked some questions when you call to make sure you are eligible.  The cost is 50p/mile up to a maximum of £10 plus any car parking fees or expenses incurred (to cover the volunteer driver's expenses).  Call 0300 330 9424 Mon - Fri (except Bank Holidays) 8:30 - 5:30.

4. North East Ambulance Services (NEAS)

* Patients in Teesside and Darlington need to book transport by telephoning Transport Information Service on 01642 263 122.

* Patients in the Durham Dales and East Durham need to telephone Travel Response Centre on 03000 269 9999.

* Patients in North Durham should either contact their GP or the Travel Response Centre, this is dependent on the GP surgery.

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital