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Hospital transport

The NHS does not generally provide transport for non-emergency visits to hospital. However, if your condition or disability makes using public transport or getting in and out of a car difficult, you may be eligible for free patient transport.

Call the Dorset Patient Transport Bureau on 01278 727457.

If you are not eligible there are community transport schemes that may be able to help.

There is also the NHS Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS). If you're referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by a doctor, dentist or another primary care health professional, you may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS).