Since 2014 patients travelling across to Portsmouth for cancer treatment having been using a dedicated bus service which runs between the Hovertravel terminal at Southsea and Portsmouth Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham. 

Originally three years funding was provided by The NHS (Primary Care Trust) however the CCG is no longer in a position to to fund patient transport services outside of the national eligibility scheme. 

Despite generous donations from passengers we are not able to continue to the running of the service without considerable financial support and therefore we are reaching out to the Isle of Wight community for help to keep this vital service running.

Each year the bus provides over 6,000 passenger journeys for cancer patients from the island.

One patient who uses the service said:

“I have to travel to the Portsmouth QA Hospital five times a week for radiotherapy after recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. 

“Travelling from the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth with no guaranteed transport would be a major challenge as we would be reliant upon taxis or public transport, neither of which are often immediately to hand. It is such a relief to have the Wessex Cancer Trust bus waiting for us every morning, taking this side of the travel complications out of the equation. It’s an excellent service with a friendly, safe and courteous driver.”

Please help if you can and allow us to keep supporting patients when they need it most.