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Painful Journeys

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.

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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

Hospital transport just isn’t working for many of us

Age UK hears from thousands of older people who really struggle with travelling to hospital.

Older people share their stories of painful journeys to hospital

Join our campaign

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

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.

 

Last updated: Apr 17 2018

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