Health Charities

Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support
One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. Macmillan provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, we reached a total of 31,799 patients

Youth Health Talk

Youthhealthtalk enables young people, their family and friends, and professionals such as doctors and teachers to understand young people's experiences of health, illness and life in general. The website feature real-life accounts of issues such as effect on work and education, social life and relationships, consulting health professionals and treatment.

Hospital Transport


Guide for Users

This information is a guide to patients for the use of hospital transport for outpatient appointments at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary. The Scottish Ambulance Service aim to provide an efficient and quality service to all patients and therefore has strict criteria for the use of this valuable resource. The criteria states that:

  • Patients should be medically unfit to travel by other means
  • Transport can only be offered at the discretion of your GP or Consultant
  • Patients should be willing to attend their appointment

Users of the Service

The hospital ambulance services transports 1200 patients per week to hospital for outpatient appointments. It is therefore important that transport arrangements are co-ordinated with Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary staff.

Are you entitled?

If you have an appointment at the hospital and you are physically unfit to travel by car, taxi bus or (train if appropriate), please contact the number provided on your appointment letter.

How can I help?

Do you know a neighbour, relative, friend who has an appointment at the hospital and finds it difficult to use public transport or cannot drive? If so, can you help or do you know someone who can!

Benefits of being independent

On average patients travelling by hospital transport will be away from home longer than necessary because of the co-ordination involved. The ambulance service cannot guarantee what time you will be collected, but do try to get you there on time. On occasion you will be taken before your appointment time because of other patients from your area.

How do I get reimbursed?

Travelling expenses are available for attending hospital appointments if you receive certain benefits, please ask at reception when you arrive at Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary.




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