If you are on certain benefits or have a low income you may be able to get help with the cost of public transport, taxi fares, and petrol costs when visiting a hospital, whether you are coming for an outpatient appointment or an inpatient stay. You may also be able to claim back car parking costs.
You may be able to get help with costs when visiting a close relative or friend in hospital.
Are you eligible for help?
Healthcare travel costs scheme
If you are eligible, you can claim your refund at the hospital or clinic at the time of your appointment. Please bring proof that you should have a refund, such as proof of a qualifying benefit (like an award notice), a tax credit exemption certificate or a certificate showing you qualify for the NHS low income support scheme.