Arrange Hospital Transport

New number for Non-Emergency Patient Transport services (NEPTs)

Booking Patient Transport – Telephone – 01278 727457

From 1 July 2019, booking for NEPTS in Dorset will be handled by the NHS Patient Transport Advice Centre (PTAC).

This means that from this date people requesting transport will need to call a new number 01278 727457.

Callers to PTAC will have their needs assessed by a member of the team and – if eligible – transport will be arranged via the existing provider, E-Zec.

If the caller is not eligible, PTAC will signpost them to other appropriate alternative services such as voluntary car schemes, community transport schemes, public and private transport, whichever best meets their needs.  Healthcare Travel Cost (HTC) reimbursement scheme information will also be made available to them.

The new arrangements will help deliver a consistent approach to NEPTS across the south west of England. It is anticipated that it will make better use of the funds available and help to ensure people who need the service can access it and get to hospital.

Trip Community Transport

These services are available to people unable to access public transport due to where they live or because of physical difficulties. Schemes often use volunteer drivers, provide cars or wheelchair-accessible transport and may be able to give some assistance to passengers from their house to the car and back.

Advance booking is always recommended. They make a charge based on mileage, payment is usually required at the start of the journey and receipts are given so eligible patients can reclaim costs of some journeys. Some schemes also make a booking charge – this will not be refunded.

Please call 01404 46529 or visit http://tripcta.org/ for more details.