Transport support

  • Hi , hoping you can help me ? I am due to start 3 weeks radiotherapy at Guys hospital , approx date 8th November . I live in SELondon . The problem I am facing is transport going to and from the hospital. My partner works and I have no one to drive me , the congestion charge and parking is £30 a day and that’s without petrol. If I get a cab that’s £60 a day, completely out of the question . Getting a train in and out of London Bridge is going to be hard work and quite frankly I’m dreading this more than the actual radiotherapy treatment itself.
  • Can I access any support for my transport needs ? Even if it was 2 or 3 times a week that would make me feel so much better .
  • Hope you can help 
  • Hello

    I am sorry to hear that the concern of getting to and from hospital for treatment is causing so much worry right now. I am really glad you have got in touch, as there are a few ways you may be able to access support with transport.

    Have you spoken to the hospital about your concerns at all PenelopeJ57 may I check? If not do please contact them as there may be patient transport through the hospital that you can access. It sounds like something the Dimbleby Cancer Care support center, based at Guys, may be able to provide support and information on. Just click on their link to access more information and their contact details. The hospital also have a Dimbleby Cancer Information Drop-In Center with access to Nurse specialist information and support if this would be helpful going forward.

    If you struggle to access support through the hospital PenelopeJ57, organisations such as the British Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance offer patient transport in certain areas, and so you may wish to contact them to see if this is support you can access.

    Other options would be using the Community Transport Association’s website to explore community transport availability in your area. Your local Adult Social Care Team may also have information on local transport support and schemes, you can find there contact details here or use this gov.uk online transport search.

    I really hope this information is helpful PenelopeJ57. I realise you say that transport is your main concern right now, but please know we are here on the Macmillan Support Line to help and support you going forward. Our Cancer Information and Support Team are on hand to help with practical concerns like today or as a place to contact for emotional support and a listening ear. We also have our Cancer Information Nurses available to discuss any general medical questions you may have around your diagnosis or treatment. And, with you mentioning your partner working right now and the additional costs that a diagnosis can bring, we have our Money and Work Service available to support with knowing your rights at work and with exploring financial support if ever needed. The Support Line is here 7 days a week on:0808 808 00 00 or via web chat. Any loved one’s needing support right now can also  contact the Macmillan Support Line.

    Take care,

    Jenna 


    Information and Support Adviser


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