In England, if you are travelling outside your NHS area for a consultation, e.g. an appointment at Addenbrooke’s or Birmingham, you may be able to claim travel and possibly overnight accommodation expenses.

For full details visit: NHS Choices – Healthcare travel cost scheme

In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales you should contact the Patient Expenses Officer (Finance Department) at your hospital.

Some hospitals do have special overnight accommodation and also reduced parking fees for patients. For example there is accommodation within the grounds of Addenbrooke’s for patients who have to travel some distance for their appointment and require an overnight stay: Visitor accommodation Addenbrooke’s

In addition on production of an appointment letter, you can receive a special parking ticket (maximum cost of around £3.50 irrespective of the length of the stay). A visitor to the Addenbrooke’s car park (run by NCP) can pay up to £9 a day!

At other hospitals details should be available at reception or contact Hospital Administration to ascertain if similar facilities are available.