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    • ripplyuk
    • By ripplyuk 7th Aug 18, 7:15 PM
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    Canít afford to travel to hospital appointments
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    • 7th Aug 18, 7:15 PM
    Canít afford to travel to hospital appointments 7th Aug 18 at 7:15 PM
    Iím unable to walk very far lately and at times, cannot walk at all. The doctors are still trying to work out what the problem is. I still have a lot more tests to go through. Problem is, I live in a very rural area. There is no public transport at all. Even if there was, I would be unable to use it. I have no family or friends who can drive me to all these appointments.

    A taxi to the hospital would cost about £75 each way. I could never afford even one appointment at that price. There is a rural transport service but they donít go out of the local area so they canít help. Does anyone know what I can do? Iím getting desperate and I really need to get to these appointments.
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    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 10th Aug 18, 6:55 PM
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    I also live in a rural crofting area with no public transport where life is difficult without a car.

    Our nearest village shop in 7 miles away, doctor's surgery in 16 miles , nearest town with supermarket is 20 miles, train station 9 miles or 20 miles with 3 trains a day, local cottage hospital in 40 miles away and main hospital is 100 miles away.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 10th Aug 18, 7:21 PM
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    In rural Scottish areas the NHS pays patients' expenses for hospital visits. There are two bands of payments, dependent on location and hospital. There are also various organisations which provide transport.

    The major hospitals here are 100 miles away (£70.00), smaller one 40 miles away (£40.00) with the local one 8 miles and no reimbursement.

    The NHS has claim forms to reimburse expenses.

    To the OP...it's worth a phone call to the hospital concerned, perhaps the transport section? I hope something can be worked out for you.
    • Ian011
    • By Ian011 11th Aug 18, 8:06 AM
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    I found this Number for community transport, give them a ring, they may be able to help or at least pass you on to someone who can
    0845 650 1190
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Given the ban on usage of premium rate 084/087 numbers (which now cost up to 65p/71p per minute) for many things, including public services and health services, that number is no longer in service.

    A new number, if it exists, will start 01, 02, 03 or 080.
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 11th Aug 18, 11:12 AM
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    Yes Im North Antrim, The Causeway area

    I found this Number for community transport, give them a ring, they may be able to help or at least pass you on to someone who can
    0845 650 1190
    Originally posted by suki1964
    As Ripleyuk said, community transport will not operate outside their own area and only provide hospital transport to local hospitals within their area
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 11th Aug 18, 11:16 AM
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    Given the ban on usage of premium rate 084/087 numbers (which now cost up to 65p/71p per minute) for many things, including public services and health services, that number is no longer in service.

    A new number, if it exists, will start 01, 02, 03 or 080.
    Originally posted by Ian011
    That information doesn't apply in this case. The number does not perform a function that is disallowed. It is not a public service, customer service or even health service. It is an information line which is still allowed.
    • Undervalued
    • By Undervalued 11th Aug 18, 2:55 PM
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    Given the ban on usage of premium rate 084/087 numbers (which now cost up to 65p/71p per minute) for many things, including public services and health services, that number is no longer in service.

    That information doesn't apply in this case. The number does not perform a function that is disallowed. It is not a public service, customer service or even health service. It is an information line which is still allowed.
    Originally posted by unforeseen
    In any case 0845 (unlike 0844) is included free in most mobile packages and at worst, from a landline, would be the same price as a local call.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 11th Aug 18, 6:37 PM
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    In rural Scottish areas the NHS pays patients' expenses for hospital visits. There are two bands of payments, dependent on location and hospital. There are also various organisations which provide transport.

    The major hospitals here are 100 miles away (£70.00), smaller one 40 miles away (£40.00) with the local one 8 miles and no reimbursement.

    The NHS has claim forms to reimburse expenses.

    To the OP...it's worth a phone call to the hospital concerned, perhaps the transport section? I hope something can be worked out for you.
    Originally posted by Gers
    We do not get anything like that in the highlands.

    Public transport is reimbursed per your ticket - okay for those who have public transport available and the restricted service times fit in with appointments.

    Car travel has recently been upgraded to 16 per mile.

    All less £10 unless you are on certain benefits.

    Mileage is calculated to specific towns or in our case a point 9 miles before our house, so 18 miles on a return journey are not reimbursed.

    Taxis are very rarely covered and must be agreed beforehand.

    Patient transport is not available unless you are medically unable to travel any other way and involves an overnight stay due to the 1 hour turnaround at the hospital.

    There is no community transport or organisations to do hospital runs.
    • Ian011
    • By Ian011 12th Aug 18, 2:26 PM
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    In any case 0845 (unlike 0844) is included free in most mobile packages and at worst, from a landline, would be the same price as a local call.
    Originally posted by Undervalued
    Given that all 084, 087 and 09 numbers are premium rate with an additional Service Charge paid to the benefit of the called party and their telecoms provider, there are no mobile providers that include calls to these numbers in standard allowances. Inclusive allowances cover landline numbers starting 01 and 02, non-geographic numbers starting 03, and, in most cases, mobile numbers starting 071 to 075 and 077 to 079. Calls to numbers starting 080 are free-to-caller.

    Call charges from landlines to 0845 numbers do not "cost the same as a local call" (nor do calls to 0870 numbers cost the same as a "national" call). Those arrangements came to an end near the beginning of 2004 - some fourteen and a half years ago - as did the price distinction between a "national" call to a distant 01 or 02 number and a "local" call to a nearby 01 or 02 number. Both Ofcom and ASA issued a note in September 2005 all about the false claims made about 0845 and 0870 call charges. To this day, however, there are still a number of advertisers that continue to make these false claims, so it is not hard to understand why so many people still believe these things to be true.

    On 1 July 2015 the call charges for 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers changed again. They are now split into two separate components thus making clear how much the caller's phone provider is charging for the call to be made (the Access Charge), and how much additional, or premium, Service Charge is added by the called party.

    In 2007, Ofcom introduced 03 numbers. Calls to 03 numbers are inclusive in allowances on landlines and mobiles on the same basis as calls to 01 and 02 numbers. Where the caller has exceeded their allowance, or does not have an inclusive allowance, calls to 01, 02 and 03 numbers are charged at "geographic rate". The charges for calls to 01, 02 and 03 numbers are set entirely by the caller's phone provider and revenue sharing is not permitted.

    Numbers starting 034 and 037 are set aside for existing users of the exactly matching 084 or 087 numbers to migrate. The initial "08" changes to "03" and the remaining digits of the number stay the same. Vast numbers of organisations and businesses have since made this change, not least because of regulations from BIS and the FCA, guidance from the Cabinet Office, and regulations from the Department of Health collectively banning usage of 084 and 087 numbers for most purposes.
    Last edited by Ian011; 12-08-2018 at 7:00 PM.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 13th Aug 18, 8:09 AM
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    Don 't forget the Government's own Traveline initiative still advertises an 0871 number.
    • Ian011
    • By Ian011 13th Aug 18, 9:33 AM
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    In Wales, Traveline is a free-to-caller 0800 number.
    https://www.traveline.cymru/news/2016/09/29/traveline-cymru-introduces-freephone-0800-telephone-number/

    Previously it was on an inclusive 0300 number.
    https://www.traveline.cymru/news/2016/04/01/traveline-cymru-introduces-cheaper-0300-telephone-number/

    Usage of a premium rate 0871 number elsewhere is a disgrace, and is one of a small number of public service phone numbers that has slipped through the net (another being NHS Direct Wales which still uses 0845 46 47 more than four years after the same 0845 number was scrapped in England).
    Last edited by Ian011; 13-08-2018 at 10:00 AM.
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