Criteria for use of LBVPT Service

Overview

Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport (LBVPT) is a charitable organisation designed to provide transport for elderly and/or vulnerable people who do not meet the current criteria for NHS Patient Transport.

We can go to any of the six main hospitals shown below as well as to other locations in the area where outpatient clinics are held. 

Transport to and from Milton Keynes Hospital has a minimum £12.00 donation for the round trip plus parking fees where/when applicable.

Transport to and from Amersham Hospital, has a minimum £26.00 donation for the round trip plus parking fees where/when applicable.

Transport to and from Luton & Dunstable Hospital, has a minimum £12.00 donation for the round trip plus parking fees where/when applicable.

Transport to and from Bedford Hospital, has a minimum £22.00 donation for the round trip plus parking fees where/when applicable.

Transport to and from Stoke Mandeville Hospital has a minimum £15.00 donation for the round trip plus parking fees where/when applicable.

Transport to and from High Wycombe Hospital has a minimum £30.00 donation for the round trip plus parking fees where/when applicable.

Who can use the service?

We are aware that many patients no longer meet the criteria to use NHS patient transport to attend outpatient and other hospital appointments.  Full details of the NHS Patient Transpost Service (PTS) can be found here NHS PTS details 

If you do not qualify for NHS transport, find it too difficult to use buses, or your circumstances make taxis unaffordable, we may be able to help. We would ask that initially you see if your family, friends or neighbours can give you a lift; or if you are able to do so and can afford it, that you use taxi. 

We have a limited number of volunteer drivers and can only offer help when, and if, a driver is available on the day of your appointment.  Not all of our volunteer's cars are 4/5 door and some volunteers are unable to take wheelchairs.

Please note, we do not offer a transport service to local GP surgeries or for Hospital visiting, Dentist, Optician appointments or to airports, supermarkets etc.

Refunds of hospital transport costs

You may be able to claim a refund for the cost of transport to hospital or other NHS premises through the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) if you:

  • are not eligible for PTS
  • cannot meet the cost of travelling to hospital
  • cannot get a friend or relative to take you

There are conditions you must meet to be eligible for a refund, please see Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS)