The Martlets Hospice

Essential Patient Travel Fund

To create a fund to pay for essential Hospice patient travel.

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We have a continuing need to maintain the fund first established in 2006 to pay for essential Patient (and occasionally relatives) travel needs. During the last three years, we spent donations of over £6,000 to this fund on a variety of urgent journeys using taxis and private ambulances in cases when NHS ambulances or other forms of transport were not available or appropriate. The main reasons for use of the fund were patient journeys to and from hospital from the InPatient Unit and for relatives using taxis to get to and from the Hospice urgently. Some of our patients need to attend hospitals and other clinics for outpatient and other appointments such as radiotherapy. Reliance on the NHS ambulance service for taking patients from the Hospice to their appointments and back again can cause difficulty. Some of our patients can become distressed by waiting for return ambulances which can take a few hours to return them to the Hospice. The use of private taxis and ambulances is preferential because they can be booked for a specific time and will wait for the patient to finish their treatment before returning them to us. Although this is a more expensive option, it really does benefit our patients by reducing waiting times and distress. In addition, we use this Fund to bring patients into the Day Hospice using taxis for those patients who cannot use our minibus service. We are urgently seeking donations to the fund which currently has a nil balance. Our aim is to secure donations of around £2,000 per year to ensure its uninterrupted continuance. A donation of £10,000 for example would pay for this fund to run for 5 years.

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