Help with NHS travel costs

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

To qualify for help with travel costs under the HTCS, you must meet three conditions:

Condition one: At the time of your appointment, you or your partner (including civil partners) must receive one of a number of qualifying benefits or allowances, or meet the eligibility criteria of the NHS Low Income Scheme.

Condition two: You must have a referral from a healthcare professional for a specialist or to a hospital for further NHS treatment or tests (often referred to as "secondary care").

Condition three: Your appointment must be on a separate visit to when the referral was made. This applies whether your treatment is provided at a different location (hospital or clinic) or on the same premises as where your GP or other health professional issued the referral.

For more information, visit NHS Choices.