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HOW CAN I GET TO MY HOSPITAL APPOINTMENT?

What public transport is available for me to get to my hospital appointment?

I don't have transport and can't use Public Transport?

Can someone come with me on the Hospital Transport Service?

My appointment is now in a different County?

I don't qualify for free transport with the Hospital Transport Service?

Can I get help with the cost?

I plan to travel by car – What about parking?

Is there any other help?

 

What public transport is available for me to get to my hospital appointment?

Bus Services to Withybush Hospital

Route No.

Commencing From/Via

Bus Company

T5

Aberystwyth/Cardigan/Fishguard

Richards Bros

301

Haverfordwest Town Service

Edwards Brothers

302

Milford Haven via Johnston

First Cymru

313

Clarbeston Road/Wiston via Crundale

Edwards Brothers

322

Glangwili Hospital via Narberth, Whitland and St Clears

Taf Valley Coaches

349

Tenby via Neyland & Pembroke Dock

First Cymru

381

Tenby via Saundersfoot, Kilgetty & Narberth

First Cymru

Bus Services to South Pembrokeshire Hospital

Route No.

Commencing From/Via

Bus Company

349

Tenby and Haverfordwest via Neyland

First Cymru

356

Milford via Neyland and Monkton via Pembroke

First Cymru

Bus Services to New Tenby Cottage Hospital

Route No.

Commencing From/Via

Bus Company

361

Pembroke Dock via Carew, St Florence and Tenby

Edwards Coaches

For details of bus times, please contact the council’s website using the link below –

https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/bus-routes-and-timetables/bus-routes-list-all-buses

Withybush to Glangwili - Bus 322 is operated by Taf Valley Coaches and runs Monday to Saturday each week. The first bus leaves Haverfordwest bus station at 9.05am, calling in at Withybush Hospital, Slebech, Canaston Bridge, Robeston Wathen, Cox Hill, Narberth, Redstone Cross and Llandewi Velfrey in Pembrokeshire, and takes just over an hour to arrive at Glangwili Hospital. There are two further buses leaving at Haverfordwest at 12.05pm and 15.05pm, and the buses return from Glangwili at 10.20am, 13.20pm and 16.20pm. The cost of a return ticket is a maximum of £7.50 for an adult (starting and returning to Haverfordwest) unless you have a concessionary travel pass.

All Wales Concessionary Travel Pass - This entitles Welsh residents aged 60 years plus and people with disabilities to free travel on local bus services throughout Wales and concessions on many community transport services.  To apply for a concessionary travel pass please contact Transport for Wales – click here:  https://trc.cymru/travelcards. If you need further information or support please contact the Council’s Transport Unit on 01437 764551.

 

I don't have transport and can't use Public Transport?

The Welsh Ambulance Service's Patient Care Service can arrange free transport to and from routine outpatient appointments at clinics, hospitals and day centres.

You will need to meet certain criteria to qualify but if you answer yes to any of the following questions you should be entitled to transport:

  • Do you need to travel in a wheelchair?
  • Do you need continual support to walk?
  • Do you suffer from a mental health problem, learning disability, speech, sight or hearing difficulty, which prevents you from using public transport?
  • Do you experience side effects as a result of your medical treatment or condition, which prevents you from using public transport?
  • Do you need a stretcher, or oxygen or other medical gases for the journey?
  • Do you currently receive regular dialysis or cancer treatment?

As well as accident and emergency services, the Welsh Ambulance Service also arranges and provides transport free of charge to hospital or dentist surgeries for patients who are medically unfit to travel by any other means.

Please call 0300 123 23 03 for more information. At least 48 hours’ notice is usually required.

Can someone come with me on the Hospital Transport Service?

There are times when a carer will be able to accompany you on the Hospital transport, for example:

  •  You require constant care throughout the journey,
  •  You have severe communication difficulties or a mental health   condition that makes it unsuitable for you to be unaccompanied
  •  You require support for a first referral
  •  You are receiving dialysis or cancer treatment
  •  You are under 18.

My appointment is now in a different County?

If you qualify for the help above then they will be able to provide transport to any hospital that the appointment is in.

I don't qualify for free transport with the Hospital Transport Service?

If you do not meet the criteria for the Patient Care Service free Hospital Transport, you may be able to access other forms of door-to-door community transport:

  • Pembrokeshire Country Cars – This scheme is run by the Royal Voluntary Service and provides transport for people who can’t make their journey any other way. The scheme is run by volunteer drivers using their own cars and three wheelchair accessible cars are also available. Telephone 01646 699108 to enquire. Ride for half price with a Concessionary Travel Pass.
  • Cars 4 Carers – This scheme is run by Volunteering Matters to provide transport for unpaid carers and, if necessary, the person they care for. The service is provided by volunteer drivers using their own cars. At least 48 hours’ notice is required. Ride for half price with a Concessionary Travel Pass. For more information, call 07469 859029.
  • Town Rider Services – These are door to door accessible minibus services which are operated by Green Dragon Bus, for local journeys within the main County towns. These could be used to access:
    • Withybush Hospital – Haverfordwest Town Rider on Tuesdays and Fridays
    • South Pembs Hospital – Pembroke/Pembroke Dock Town Rider on Tues and Thursday
    • Tenby Cottage Hospital – Tenby & Saundersfoot Town Rider on Mon, Wed and Fridays
    • Cardigan Hospital – Cardigan Town Rider on Mondays, Wed and Fridays (this service can also offer a lift from Bwlchygroes and Tegryn and other stops en route to Cardigan, and from Mynachlogddu on Wednesdays). There is also a St. Dogmaels dial-a-ride which operates on a Thursday from the St. Dogmaels, Moylegrove, Cilgerran and Llechryd areas.
  • Ride FREE with a Concessionary Travel Pass or pay a fare if you haven’t got a pass. Anyone who is unable to access public transport can use the services, for any reason. For enquiries or bookings please telephone 0845 686 0242.
  • Pembrokeshire Voluntary Transport – They have wheelchair accessible cars available for private use when not needed for the Pembrokeshire Country Car Service. To hire an accessible vehicle phone 07494 275538 or email pvtbookings@outlook.com  . If you require one of our volunteer drivers to drive the accessible vehicle on your behalf please telephone RVS Country Cars on 01646 699108 email pembshub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

 

 

Can I get help with the cost?

If you are in receipt of Income Related Benefits or have a low income you may be able to receive a refund on the cost of the journey. Patients who are in receipt of certain benefits or on the Lower Income Scheme are eligible to apply for help with the necessary transport costs for NHS treatment under the care of a consultant. The costs may be paid in full, or in part and these may include:

  • Public Transport fares.
  • A mileage allowance for travel by private car or the equivalent public transport costs (whichever is the less).
  • Contributions the patient may make towards transport costs if they are taken to or from the hospital by a community transport provider or a local voluntary car scheme.

The main contact point for this scheme will be General Offices based in each of our Hospitals.

I plan to travel by car – What about parking?

Withybush Hospital - on-site parking is free.

Glangwili Hospital – Parking at Glangwili General Hospital can be challenging during busy periods. For this reason we have set up a park and ride service from the Nantyci showground car park to the hospital. This is open to all patients, visitors and staff on only takes 15 minutes to go between the sites.

  • The service operates from 07:00 to 19:00 Monday to Friday and runs every 30 minutes.
  • Pick up from the showground is on the hour and half past the hour
  • Pick up from the hospital is every quarter to and quarter past the hour
  • The cost of this service is £1 per person and includes return

For more information about this service click the link below:  http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/862/page/83744

 

Is there any other help?

  • Vulnerable young families - In many cases families will be unable to meet the initial costs of these journeys, and taxis or bus tickets may be provided where bus services are appropriate.
  • Books of tickets will be made available at the following wards and departments and will be issued at the discretion of the Senior Nurse on duty:
    • Glangwili Hospital - Cilgerran Ward / SCBU / PACU / MLU / A&E / CAMHS.
    • Withybush Hospital – PACU / MLU / A&E/ CAMHS

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