Travelling for your cancer treatment


There is only one hospital on the Isle of Wight, St. Mary’s Hospital Newport.

Most of the breast cancer treatments are offered there. Radiotherapy is performed at Southampton General Hospital and some reconstruction of the breast procedures are offered at mainland hospitals. This may be that some patients will need to travel at some time during their treatment.
As we live on an island, this can be a great challenge for some people especially as you already feel nervous and apprehensive about your treatments. There is a lot of support and help to alleviate the stress of travelling.



Patients travelling to Southampton for Radiotherapy and Planning can apply for reimbursement of their ferry fares (foot passenger only). This is funded by the Isle of Wight Council. See below Travel Discounts as it is the discounted foot passenger fare that is reimbursed.
An application form to claim is available from your Breast Care Nurse or the Oncology Nurse in the Out Patients Department. Escort fares may be claimed if the patient is over 65 years of age.


Wessex Cancer Trust

The Wessex Cancer Trust can help with transport.

They have two Daisy Link Minibuses, one in Southampton and one in Portsmouth. They both provide free transport to the Hospitals.

For ladies who are going to Southampton for radiotherapy, the minibus will wait at the Red Jet terminal in Southampton and will take them direct to the General hospital.

Some patients who are unable to travel, may stay at the Jury’s Inn whilst having treatment.
For more Information regarding travel to and from the hospital ask your breast care nurse.

The Wessex Cancer Trust Support Centre, Newport (01983) 524186 or visit

The Mini bus timetable is also available from your Breast Care Nurse or from The Wessex Cancer Trust Centre in Newport


Optio Voluntary Car Service     

Optio Voluntary Car Service is a membership scheme which operates with volunteer drivers using their own cars to take passengers to medical appointments or other destinations.

Or telephone 01983 524058 for more information.


Travel Discounts

Discounts are available on Wightlink,and Red Funnel services to Portsmouth and Southampton for patients and one accompanying adult. In the case of children, provision is made for two accompanying adults. Enquire at the booking office when travelling and produce your appointment card or letter to enable you to get your discount. A discount has also been negotiated with Hovertravel to Southsea.


Red Funnel Healthcare Discount Scheme

Red Funnel’s scheme provides discounted foot passenger travel to eligible Isle of Wight residents who have an NHS medical appointment in Southampton.

To access this discount you must show evidence of your appointment and a completed request form which can be downloaded from


Wightlink Healthcare Discount Scheme

Wightlink offers 50% ferry discounts exclusively for Isle of Wight residents travelling to the mainland for an NHS-funded hospital appointment.

Discounts apply to Economy, IOW resident and Foot passenger fares.

How to book:

You can book in advance on 0333 999 7333 or on the day of travel at the Wightlink Ticket Office, quoting Wightlink Healthcare Discount.

You will need to complete the  Healthcare Discount Scheme form and present it along with your appointment confirmation card/letter/SMS when you collect or buy your tickets at the Terminal.

The discount applies to the patient + 1 for adults. If the patient is a child, two parents or guardians can travel at a discount.



Hovertravel introduced a new scheme to reduce the cost of travel for patients attending NHS hospital appointments in Southsea, Portsmouth.

They also have Hovercare, a service for any passengers who may need assistance. For those that require help, Hovertravel recommend that you contact them 48 hours before travelling to book your Hovercare service.






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