Parking in the NDHT car parks is FREE at the present time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For latest guidance please visit the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust website.
Please follow signposts to the hospital from most of the main routes into Barnstaple. The entrance to the visitors’ car park is clearly signposted and you will be given information about parking at your pre-treatment visit. It can sometimes be difficult to find a car parking space at our hospital at peak times especially visiting hours which can start from as early as 11.00am. Many wards have now opted for ‘open visiting’ which has eased congestion in the visitor car park.
There is no disabled or dedicated parking at the Seamoor Unit but there is a pickup/ drop off zone just outside the entrance.
Disabled parking is available in the main visitors’ car parking area, where parking charges apply. There are also disabled parking bays at Ladywell Unit entrance. Disabled drivers who hold a blue badge can park free of charge in the bays clearly marked at the NDDH main entrance.
You do not have to be a driver or a car owner to apply for or have a blue badge. The badge is issued to you and can be used in any vehicle you travel in. However you must not allow someone else to use the badge on your behalf, it can only be used when you are using the vehicle.
You will only get a blue badge if you are able to show that you have an enduring and substantial disability which causes you during the course of a journey to:
- Be unable to walk;
- Have considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress; or
- Be at risk of serious harm when walking; or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person
- For more details please go to GOV.UK
Parking season tickets
You can apply for a parking season ticket by paying £20 and for this you get 25 tickets (80p per ticket) for all day parking. The payment needs to be taken with the application form to the reception desk in the main foyer of the hospital on level 2. Please allow up to seven days to process your application before returning to collect your printed passes.
Further information on 5-day and 7-day parking tickets can be found on the NDHT website HERE
How to use the season tickets
Take a white ticket as normal from the car parking machine at the entrance to the visitors’ car park at NDDH and keep it with you. On leaving the Seamoor Unit hand in the white car park ticket and one of the printed passes at the Seamoor reception desk and they will exchange it for another white parking ticket. This ticket will get you out of the car park. Please note that if you forget a printed pass you may be refused a ticket exchange.
If you are referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic test by your doctor, dentist or another primary care health professional, you may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS). Click HERE to see if you qualify.
Are you fit to drive?
If you are planning to drive yourself to the hospital, please check with your Clinical Nurse Specialist or your treatment nurse whether you will be fit and safe enough to drive yourself home after your treatment or after an outpatient procedure such as a venesection or a bone marrow biopsy.
Please note that some treatments for cancer that you are given on the Seamoor Unit have a high alcohol content which may take you over the legal limit.
If your treatment does not contain alcohol we would still advise not to drive for the first infusion of chemotherapy as you will be receiving several drugs your body has not experienced before. It is best you have someone who can bring and collect you for the first treatment.
It is advisable that someone can come with you for your first radiotherapy (especially if you are planned to have single treatment of radiotherapy) but after that there is no reason why patients cannot drive themselves for radiotherapy unless uncomfortable to do so. Always check with nurses involved in your treatment to make sure that you will be safe.
Cancer Care Car
The Cancer Car Care is part of the charitable organisation GoNorthDevon. It is a door to door car service for patients needing to travel to North Devon District Hospital for oncology related appointments or other cancer related appointments at local hospitals. This service is only for patients who are unable to use public transport to get to their appointments and who do not have any independent means of travel.
Please call in advance of your appointment for information to see what assistance can be provided. The team will endeavour to meet your arrival/departure times but this may not always be possible due to factors beyond their control.
From 1st April 2021 our fare structure will be as follows:
- Journeys under 5 miles – £6.00 (single or return journey)
- Journeys over 5 miles – £12.00 (single or return journey)
- The bookings line is open from 9.30am – 12.30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays
- Call 01271 328866 for more information and to book your transport
- For further transport information please contact Go NorthDevon website HERE
For bus and train routes, connections and times contact Traveline on 0871 200 2233 (calls cost 12p per minute from landlines) or visit www.travelinesw.com
Further advice and information on using public transport can be found HERE
Stagecoach buses from Holsworthy, Bideford, South Molton and Torrington go to Barnstaple Bus Station where you will to change for North Devon District Hospital with a change at Barnstaple Bus Station – Enter your postcode and plan your trip HERE
Stagecoach – Service 19 from Barnstaple Bus Station and Railway Station to NDDH
Filers buses – Service 301 also stops at North Devon District Hospital and comes in from Ilfracombe via combe Martin and Muddiford. For further Filers information click HERE
Patients attending North Devon District Hospital and other community Hospitals are expected to meet their own transport needs to and from the hospitals. Those requiring transport information and journeys should contact the Patient Transport Advice Service who can advise on transport opportunities in their area on 0345 155 1009
You may be eligible for patient transport assistance, if you:
- are currently too unwell to use a car or public or community transport
- need skilled help to leave your home
- will require extra support on the journey
For further information on transport visit the North Devon District Hospital website. Please click HERE
To help find your way around the North Devon District Hospital please use the site map NDDH site map link HERE