Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS)
Patients who have a non-emergency medical need and require help with transport to reach their hospital appointment can apply to the NEPTS provided by Arriva Transport Solutions Ltd. The service runs 24 hours, 7 days a week.
The criteria that determine whether or not you are eligible for NEPTS has been set by the Department of Health and are based upon whether your medical condition prevents you from travelling by any other means. Your eligibility is assessed each time you request to use the service (apart from those receiving regular dialysis or oncology treatment)
As a patient, you will not always have to book your own transport. This is sometimes done by the hospital or clinic under which you are being treated. However, if you are referred for tests or treatment by your doctor you may have to contact Arriva directly (you will be advised of this by your surgery/clinic).
|UPDATE: From 18th June 2018, there will be a change to the way that oncology patients are able to access the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS).|
|The change is being made as a way of ensuring that all patients, no matter what their condition, have equal access to the service because they meet the same assessment criteria for eligibility. The assessment criteria are set nationally and at the moment, all Wiltshire oncology patients are automatically entitled to use the NEPTS. The change is being introduced across a number of areas in the South West including Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, Wiltshire, Devon and Gloucester, and is already in place in Somerset.
For Wiltshire patients, this means that from 18th June 2018 onwards, all patients attending an oncology appointment at Salisbury District Hospital, Great Western Hospital or the Royal United Hospital, Bath who wish to use the NEPTS to travel will need to go through the same Patient Transport Eligibility assessment as other patients, regardless of their medical diagnosis. The likelihood is that the vast majority of oncology patients (but not necessarily all) will still be eligible due to their medical need and/or clinical condition. Those patients who are found not to be eligible will need to make alternative arrangements for their travel to and from hospital.
All existing oncology patients who are currently receiving treatment and therefore already automatically receiving NEPTS will be able to continue using the NEPT service until the end of their treatment.
Patients who are new to the oncology service or who are attending an oncology appointment can check whether they meet the eligibility criteria in two different ways:
You can find more information about how to contact the service below.
Contacting the NEPTS
If you are asked to book your own transport, call Arriva on 0345 600 6068 (charged at the local standard rate).
0345 600 6068
Your call will be answered by a member of the Arriva team who will first assess whether you are eligible to use patient transport by asking you a few simple questions about your medical condition and mobility needs. Your answers to these questions will determine whether you are eligible. You will need to have the following information to hand:
- Date of Birth (DOB)
- Your NHS number
- Full address with postal code
- Your mobility needs – are you in a wheelchair for example?
Once your transport is booked, you will be given a booking journey reference number. You should keep this number in safe place in case you need to contact Arriva again to make any changes – e.g. if you appointment time or date changes or is cancelled.
Key performance indicators
Arriva operates to performance standards (called Key Performance Indicators) that have been set by the CCG. These include:
- not waiting more than 30 seconds for your call to Arriva to be answered
- the maximum time you should expect your journey to take, depending on the distance to travel
- your arrival at hospital to be between 45 minutes before and 15 minutes after your booked arrival time
- pick-up from hospital to take you home, within an hour (if your journey was pre-booked at least the day before the day of travel)
- pick-up from hospital to take you home, within 4 hours (if your journey was not booked until the day of travel)
Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme
If you have a low income and do not have a medical need for transport, you may be able to reclaim your travel costs through a national NHS scheme called the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme. You can make a claim at the hospital at your appointment (provided you have the necessary paperwork) or you can make a postal claim up to three months after your appointment has taken place. This service is not related in any way to the NEPTS service.