Where you can please try to travel as independently as possible to and from health care appointments.
However should you need some assistance this page provides you with information on all of the transport options available as well as advice on how to choose the best one for you. You should also read any information with your appointment letter or check with the hospital or doctor.
You have the following options:
- public transport - bus, train or coach
- your own car or a lift from family or friends
- community transport and volunteer car schemes
- a taxi
- NHS supported non emergency patient transport
Set times and dates that suit you. Think ahead, if you are going to somewhere for the first time and allow some extra time to park or find the correct department. You can ask for appointments at times to suit the transport options which are available to you and to minimise your costs. Staff will try to accommodate you if possible.
Details on routes, connections and times are listed below.
Ask for ‘a guide to catching a bus or train’, ring ‘My Devon’ on 0845 155 1004 or visit www.traveldevon.info
For travel information for hospitals please contact:
North Devon District Hospital - Barnstaple, EX31 4JB | 01271 311687
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital - Exeter, EX2 5DW | 01392 402358
Derriford Hospital - Plymouth, PL6 8DH | 0845 155 8111 / 01752 792929
Torbay & South Devon Hospital - Torquay, TQ2 7AA | 0300 456 8000 / 01803 614567
Musgrove Park Hospital - Taunton | 08123 343524
Some taxi companies have wheelchair-accessible vehicles. One fare covers you and your friends/family travelling to support you and it takes you door to door which is often the quickest option. Ask friends, neighbours and community transport for recommendations.
NHS supported patient transport
Transport may be available to patients who have a current physical or mental health condition or learning disability such that they require the skill or support of Patient Transport Services staff to leave their home or on the journey or where it would be detrimental to the patient’s condition or recovery if they were to travel by other means.
See below details for Northern, Eastern & Western Devon CCG.
Please follow this link for information from Kernow CCG on patient transport if you live in East Cornwall.
How to book
- patients can make bookings by phone - if possible the patient should make the call, but friends or carers can assist
- call the Devon and Plymouth Patient Transport Advice Service (PTAS) on 0345 155 1009*
- patients are encouraged to book between 2 weeks and 48 hours ahead of their appointment
- patients will be asked a set of questions to assess their eligibility each time they book
- if appointments are cancelled or changed make sure travel plans are also changed
- if you wish to appeal against a decision, please ask to speak to the service manager
If you live in Torbay or South Devon please contact the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust to enquire about Patient Transport Services or their Hospital Car Service on Contact the Patient Transport Service on 01803 656777 between 9am and 3pm (weekdays, excluding bank holidays)
Frequent Journeys to NHS Treatment
Extra help is provided for patients travelling frequently for NHS treatment – three or more trips in one week or 10 or more in one month. Staff or patients can make bookings on the numbers above.
Got a bus pass or rail card? You maybe able to choose an appointment time when you can use your pass.
Can travel costs be refunded? Check costs and reclaim rules at your destination before you book your transport.
Appointment changed or cancelled? Make sure you also change your travel plans.
Reasonable expenses policies for out of area treatment and placements
The following three policies have been written to provide clearer guidelines about how NHS NEW Devon CCG will support patients and families of children and young people who need financial support to go to healthcare appointments outside of the NHS NEW Devon CCG footprint (out of area). The policies aim to standardise, make fair and provide definitive guidance on NHS NEW Devon CCG’s payment of travel and accommodation expenses for:
- Families of children and young people placed out of area,
- Families of children and young people receiving acute elective treatment out of area,
- Patients receiving healthcare out of area.