At a recent Mid Argyll Health & Wellbeing Network meeting we discovered there was fairly low awareness of the Highland & Islands Patients Travel Guide and expenses claim procedure. Comments about transport costs from Mid Argyll residents who attended the MS Gala Day on the Green in August also seemed to confirm that there is low awareness of this scheme among members of the public.
In the NHS Highland area patients must be resident or working and be registered with a GP in the Argyll & Bute District. They must also be referred to a hospital by a doctor or dentist or be attending a hospital by appointment. Attendances at a GP surgery or Dental Surgery do NOT qualify under the scheme.
The distance from the patients home or place of residence to the hospital must total at least 30 miles, unless the journey to hospital includes a ferry journey.
For a full explanation and claim procedure please see Highlands Islands Patients Travel Guide.
Thanks to Josie walker at A&B Citizens Advice Bureau for this information.