The entrance to the hospital is on the A1198, (Ermine Street), within the village of Papworth Everard. It is approximately seven miles south of Huntingdon and 12 miles west of Cambridge.
Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Getting around Papworth
Car parking charges are in place at Papworth Hospital. All patients and visitors parking on the site will need to display a parking ticket or appropriate permit. Signs around the hospital will show you where patients and visitors may park (‘pay and display’). Charges apply from 7.00am to 8.00pm every day.
Current car parking charges*
Up to 3 hours £2.50
3-5 hours £3.00
Full day charge £5.00
Weekly ticket £10.00
Monthly ticket £20.00
Tickets are valid for a full 3, 5 or 24 hour period. Time not used by 8.00pm on day of issue will carry forward to the next day.
Weekly/monthly tickets can be purchased from the Car Park and Patient Travel Office, located by the hospital Main Reception. Patients or visitors who attend Papworth Hospital frequently usually find these are more cost-effective than buying shorter-term tickets.
Spaces for blue badge holders are provided close to entrances to the various hospital buildings and these are free of charge. Blue badges must be displayed at all times.
Patients in receipt of income support or one of the other benefits listed in the Help with Health Costs Booklet (available from Main Reception) are eligible for reimbursement of the parking fee, provided they can produce evidence of eligibility and a valid car parking ticket.
*Car parking charges are reviewed annually in September.
Whippet Coaches Ltd operate regular daytime services from Cambridge and less frequently from St Ives. Services in the evening are infrequent so it is advisable to make enquiries beforehand. Tel: 01954 230011 or visit www.go-whippet.co.uk
The nearest railway stations are in Huntingdon (20 minutes’ drive from the hospital), St Neots (15 minutes) and Cambridge (30 minutes) but you will need to complete your journey by taxi or bus.
For details please contact Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or at www.nationalrail.co.uk
If you would like advice on travelling to and from Papworth Hospital please contact PALS on 01480 364896 for assistance.
If you are travelling to Papworth Hospital for NHS treatment, you may be entitled to get help from the hospital with your travel costs if you are receiving certain low-income allowances such as Income Support.
If you have any questions regarding which low-income allowances are eligible or have any other queries about help with travel costs, please contact the Car Park Administrator on 01480 364276, for advice before you travel. Travel costs payable are those ‘necessarily incurred’. This means travel by the cheapest means of transport available at the time you need to travel.
NB: Taxi fares will not be reimbursed unless there is no other way for you to travel for all or part of your journey. The types of travel costs paid are:
• Public transport fares (supporting documentation required)
• A mileage allowance if travelling by private car
• Contributions made towards transport provided by a local voluntary car scheme
If you need someone to travel with you for medical reasons, you may also get help with your escort’s travel costs, providing you are entitled to help with your own costs.
Escort costs are only payable on the completion of an escort form signed by the doctor or sister on the ward. Escort forms are available from the Car Park and Patient Travel Office.
The Car Park and Patient Travel Office is normally open at the following times:
Monday to Thursday
• 8.30am to 6.00pm
• 8.30am to 5.00pm
Leaflets and posters about help with patient and travel costs are also widely available on the wards and around the hospital.
To claim your travel costs you or your representative should see the Car Park Administrator in the Car Park and Patient Travel Office each time you come for your treatment. You will need to bring with you appropriate documentation showing your entitlement to have your travel costs paid (eg benefit book, letter of notification of your entitlement to Income Support, etc).
If you do not bring evidence of entitlement you will have to claim a refund using form HC5(T), which you will need to send to the appropriate benefit office. The form will tell you what to do.
HC5(T) forms can be obtained from the Car Park and Patient Travel Office or Main Reception, and are also available for download from the NHS Choices website.
Visitors in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits, who are visiting a close relative, may be able to receive assistance in the form of a Discretionary Care Grant. Further information about this assistance can be obtained from your local council.
If you have any queries please ask your nurse to contact our social worker on 01480 364279 or 01480 364631, or further advice can be found online at the NHS Choices website.