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Painful Journeys

Painful Journeys

A big win for Painful Journeys

There's been some great news in our fight to ensure the Government provides better transport for older people to and from hospital.

Thousands of you have told us that you or a loved one really struggle with travelling to your hospital appointments.

For most of us just having a hospital appointment is enough to worry about, but imagine having to make a long and complicated journey alone, in pain and feeling anxious about not getting there in time.

This isn’t good enough, but it doesn’t have to be like this.

With your help, we can ensure hospital transport really works and older people are given the care and support they need.

Join our campaign

Demand the Government urgently reviews the way older people travel to and from hospital

Our system for getting older people to hospital isn't fit-for-purpose

  • Transporting older people to and from hospital costs the NHS and the Government millions of pounds a year
  • Yet who gets help and how good that help is seems to be a postcode lottery
  • Currently, many older people are experiencing anxiety, exhaustion and distress getting to their hospital appointments
  • Every older person deserves to get to their hospital appointments safely without it being a struggle

Peter's Painful Journey

We hear from thousands of older people who struggle with travelling to hospital, such as Peter, 79, who had to spend £720 in 18 months on taxis because there's not a direct bus.

Want to know more?

Our campaign and policy reports explore the issue and explain why getting to hospital appointments is a major issue for older people.

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Last updated: Jul 25 2018

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