Voluntary Transport Scheme

What does it do?

The purpose of the Scheme is to convey patients without alternative means of transport to hospitals or clinics to meet appointments or for
admission. Volunteer drivers use their own cars and receive a mileage allowance paid monthly.
Clients are picked by the driver in good time to meet their appointment.
If a client is unsteady on their feet, or the paths are slippery, the driver will assist them to the car.
The driver will ensure that the client is able to reach the correct clinic safely and will arrange a suitable place and time for collection.
All clients receive individual care and attention from the drivers but may bring an escort with them at a small extra charge.

Who it is for?

Clients should be over 60 or under 16 years. If not they will only qualify if they have a permanent or temporary disability which makes
travelling on public transport difficult.
  • In addition to the above, clients should be without access to alternative transport and family members should take them if at all possible.
  • Clients must live in Newark & Sherwood or be registered with a GP in Newark & Sherwood.
  • If a client is over 60 or under 16 but appears to be capable of using public transport they should be encouraged to do so.
  • Clients should be encouraged to press for appointments between the hours of 10.00am and 3.00pm whenever possible as publictransport may be more easily available at that time.

Where it is available?

Local service (Newark and Sherwood).

What it costs:

Clients are asked to make a contribution to the cost of the journey at a set rate reviewed annually. (This charge is refundable if the client
is on certain benefits).

How to access or apply for it:

  • All trips must be initially booked through GP’s surgery or other health worker who can vouch for client’s eligibility.
  • Clients must provide their name, address, phone number and appointment details, including clinic.
  • Other relevant information such as sight or hearing mpairment, or the need for a walking frame or wheelchair should be mentioned.
  • If the patient is a child it is necessary to know the age of the child and whether a car seat needs to be supplied. A car seat is a legal requirement for children under the age of 10.
  • Clients under 16 must always be accompanied by an adult.
  • At least 48 hours notice is required. The Scheme is not an emergency service and last minute requests for transport cannot be guaranteed.
  • Once a driver has been allocated either the client or the referrer will be notified. The driver’s name, the pick up timeand the cost will be confirmed.

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Info last updated:

15/04/2011