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Hospital Travel Cost

You may be entitled to help with necessary travel costs to and from hospital if you receive NHS treatment under the care of a consultant and have a low income or receive certain benefits or credits. 

For more details please see the NHS Scotland leaflet HCS1 - A quick guide to help with health costs.

You can download a copy of the leaflet from the Scottish Government website  

Alternatively, you can telephone the NHS Helpline on 0800 224488 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).

If you want to find out how to travel to the hospital please call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or see


All patients travelling from the Highlands and Islands can claim some or all of their public transport costs of travel.

  • The following only applies to patients on Family Credit, Income Support or Low Income.
  • Please bring proof of entitlement, for example, a letter confirming entitlement to benefit, HC2 certificate, NHS Tax Credit Exemption Card, Asylum Registration Card (ARC)
  • Please keep bus or train tickets used when travelling to and from the hospital
  • We can reimburse the cost of petrol for patients using their car
  • In some cases the travelling costs of an escort can be claimed
  • Taxi fares will not be reimbursed

Inpatients - Please ask your nurse for further information

Outpatients - Please ask staff for further information or directions to the cash office