Community transport, hospital transport and car sharing
Community transport schemes help people who cannot access conventional public transport because of where they live or because of mobility problems. They are operated by not-for-profit community groups and rely heavily on volunteers.
The Suffolkonboard website has information on community transport schemes, including
- Community Cars
- Suffolk Links (which provides connections to bus and train links in rural areas)
- Wheelchair accessible taxis
Getting to hospital
- Non-emergency hospital transport (PDF, 63KB) This NHS leaflet tells you about the service and how to access it if you are eligible.
- Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme help with travel costs to hospitals or other NHS premises
- Hospital Rides a car-sharing scheme for outpatient appointments and inpatient visiting based at Ipswich Hospital
- You might also ask at your GPs surgery, as some run car services to help people get to hospital
Other transport schemes
- Good Neighbour Schemes offer a range of help and support to individuals, including giving lifts
- Suffolk Car share A website to help match you with a travel partner
- RVS (previously WRVS) Need a lift? Journeys may be in volunteers’ cars or accessible vehicles and can include getting to the shops, visiting friends and family and attending medical appointments.
Updated September 2014