PS: Have you checked that your visa entitles you to free healthcare in UK? I only mention it as I saw a television programme last year when non-uk nationals who needed hospital treatments when visiting UK on a visit had HUGE medical bills issued by the NHS. Bad enough having a cancer diagnosis but you don't want to have financial problems as well. Sorry if i've worried you or if it is not relevant to you, but I just thought you needed to make sure you are covered. x
Sorry you are finding yourself alone here. National Express Coaches are the cheapest way of getting around in UK, leaving from most towns and going to most international airports. I use them for airpoorts most of the time as I don't like motorway driving. Good luck. xx
I am not sure if you can claim any benefits (as you are on a spouse's visa), you would need to find out from a GP or maybe a Breast Care Nurse at the hospital where you are being treated. Residents of the UK who have secondary Breast Cancer can claim a Disabled Persons railcard if they receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which a state paid benefit. However it would not be availalbe by tomorrow unless you are already registered as disabled or are in receipt of PIP.
Sorry I can't be of more help.
Glad that I found this website. I am just confirmed having cancer when I have arrived here just for months. I know very little about the benefits here or not sure whether I can have any benefits for I am having spouse visa only. I am Chinese and cannot speak fluent English.
I am really lonely for I don't know how to drive or even no relatives here. I am going to meet my relative tomorrow and I need to take the cheapest way there. Any recommendation?
Thank you so much for posting this information as I had no idea you could get this.
As for the man at the rail station he should have known better. Obviously limited on customer service etiquette.
This disease has taught me the old cliche 'Never judge a book my its cover'. I know I get the most horrific looks when I use my disabled badge because I look alright, mainly by the older people.
Once again thanks - I've just downloaded the forms and just off to post them
Hope you're all well.
Just skimmed thru your thread. How ghastly that you had to deal with someone like that. I shall have to prepare some suitable retort in case I get challenged by anyone myself!
Thank you, Alison, for this post. I had no idea, but have now downloaded the forms. I'm hoping to travel to Aberdeen in September from near London with my elder sister (deaf) to see my younger sister and family who have returned to UK from China. This will be a great help and make it so much more affordable. As to the possible response from counter staff etc - I'm becoming innured to quizzical if not challenging looks from car park attendants, passing pedestrians and even not so sotto voce comments from people parking nearby so will be braced! Thanks again.
Interested to see you posting on this topic. I have secondaries, and applied for DLA under Special Rules in 2009, then the disabled railcard. I have no mobility problems so I didn't get any mobility component - however, I did receive my railcard, very quickly!
I had an unfortunate experience when I first used it,
Hope this doesn't happen to you or anyone else 🙂
I have used the card twice since then, no problems! It offers a better discount than the Senior Railcard, by the way.
I have just received my disabled person's railcard, which I found out about at a BCC Secondary Cancer course recently (thanks BCC for putting me together with someone who already knew about it!).
I was amazed not to have known about it beforehand, as I thought I'd got most of the benefits sussed, so thought I'd post here in case anyone else would find the info helpful.
The railcard is available to anyone with DLA at higher or lower rate mobility, or higher or middle rate personal care, which are probably the most relevant eligibility categories for us, as we qualify if we receive DLA through the special rules DS1500. (If anyone with secondaries reading this hasn't already applied for DLA then please speak up on this forum, feel free to PM me or whatever, as DLA opens doors to a lot of other benefits as well.)
You can get the railcard for either one or three years at a time and it entitles you to one third off most rail fares in GB. An adult companion would be entitled to the same discount!
Here's the link for more info/form to download:
You might also qualify for a disabled bus pass, which you apply for initially through your local council, thereafter applications are renewed by the bus company I think. A disabled bus pass entitles you to free off-peak bus travel.
I'm off now to buy a train ticket for my summer holiday to Weymouth .. which will pay for the cost of the railcard!