Getting out to the shops or making a hospital appointment can often be very difficult if you have a disability and cannot drive yourself. Here are some suggestions to help with your travel arrangements.
If you are able to get out to do your own shopping Shopmobility can make this easier.
You do not have to be registered disabled to use Shopmobility schemes. They provide disabled or frail people with manual or powered wheelchairs and powered scooters so that they can easily get around town to shop or sightsee. The schemes are either free or have a nominal charge and can be used by anyone either permanently or temporarily disabled.
Contact the National Federation of Shopmobility for details of schemes throughout the UK
There are several services that can offer transport to anyone whose travel needs are not met by public bus services or who finds it difficult or impossible to use ordinary bus services. These include Dial a Ride, which is a door to door service, the Call & Go bookable bus service and the Cango bus service that can respond to your needs as the route is flexible and the bus can travel here and there as needed.
Find more information about these services on the Community Transport Services web pages
Read about safe travel in wheelchairs
The Good neighbour groups are independent voluntary groups involved in meeting the needs of people in their local community. They offer a range of services;- including collecting prescriptions and driving people to GP and hospital appointments.
For a full list of Good Neighbours Groups and the services they provide please go to the Directory section on the website
Also check with your GP surgery to see if they can help with arranging community transport for medical appointments.
The Community Transport search for help in finding door to door services to help transport you to medical appointments. Here you can find taxi companies that have wheelchair accessible vehicles
Find an organisation in your area that can provide the most appropriate transport service to use for hospital appointments