Trav­el­ling light

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

A HIGH­LAND-wide pol­icy on travel ex­penses for pa­tients vis­it­ing hos­pi­tal has been given the go-ahead by NHS High­land health board last week.

Pa­tients will now be re­im­bursed at 15p a mile, £35 for ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion, and £10 for stay­ing overnight with fam­ily.

And now many is­lan­ders must now get a travel war­rant be­fore they travel on a ferry. All claims will have a £10 de­duc­tion, known as the ‘pa­tient’s con­tri­bu­tion’.

The board sup­ported the need to have a High­land-wide pol­icy on travel ex­penses that was con­sis­tent and more easily avail­able and ac­ces­si­ble to all pa­tients and staff.

It was recog­nised that the pol­icy is now clearer and is in line with Scot­tish gov­ern­ment guide­lines.

A re­view of the scheme is to be car­ried out by the health board and a re­vised pol­icy im­ple­mented in 2016.

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