Getting to Papworth

Getting to Papworth

Parking AttendantClick here to download a PDF map of the area.

By car

The village of Papworth Everard is on the A1198, (the old Ermine Street) and is approximately seven miles south of Huntingdon and 12 miles west of Cambridge. For complete directions use the Route Planner on the AA website. Our postcode is CB23 3RE (please note that the local postcodes were recoded in September 2006. Visitors have informed us that the old hospital postcode, CB3 8RE, may be required by some in-car Sat Nav systems. Please also note that the Papworth Everard bypass, which opened in 2007, does not appear on some newer maps.)

Car parking charges were introduced at Papworth Hospital in September 2006 to ensure our increasingly congested site is accessible to patients and visitors.

Charges apply every day between 7.00am and 8.00pm.

  • up to 3 hours - £2.50
  • All day - £5.00 (24 hours)

Disabled badge holders park for free.

Charges for people on specific benefits, as listed in booklet HC11 'Help with travel costs', will be reimbursed.

Weekly tickets (£15.00) and monthly tickets (£30.00) are available from Main Reception.

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By bus/coach

Daytime services are operated from Cambridge and  St Ives by Whippet Coaches (tel: 01480 463792).
It is advisable to check with the operating company for details of their weekday and weekend services before you plan to visit. Alternatively, you can contact Traveline on 0871 2002233.

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By rail

The nearest railway stations are St Neots (15 minutes), Huntingdon (20 minutes), Royston (20 minutes) and Cambridge (30 minutes) but you will need to complete your journey by taxi.

For details please contact Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

Help with travel costs

Visitors who are receiving income support and who are visiting a close relative may be able to get help with their travel costs from the Social Fund. All enquiries and claims should be directed to their Works and Pensions department Social Security Office. If you have any queries please ask your relatives named nurse to contact our social worker on ext 4279.

You may be entitled to get help from the hospital with your travel costs if you are receiving certain low-income allowances, eg Income Support, etc. Government leaflet HC11 can be downloaded here and provides full information.

If you have any questions regarding which low-income allowances are eligible or have any queries about the help you can get with your travel costs, please contact the Patient Travel Officer on ext 4276, for advice before you travel.

Travel costs payable are those 'necessarily incurred'. This means travel by the cheapest means of transport available at the time you need to travel.

The types of travel costs paid are:

  • Public transport fares (supporting documentation required)
  • A mileage allowance if travelling by private car
  • Contributions made towards transport provided by a local voluntary car scheme

NB: Taxi fares will be reimbursed only if there is no other way for you to travel for all or part of your journey.

If you need someone to travel with you for medical reasons, you may also get help with your escort's travel costs providing you are entitled to help with your own costs.

Escort costs are only payable on the completion of an escort form signed by the doctor or sister on the ward. (Escort forms are available from the Car Parking & Patient Travel Office).

To claim your travel costs you or your nextof kin should see the Patient Travel Officer (situated close to the Main Reception) each time you come for your treatment. You will need to bring with you appropriate documentation showing your entitlement to have your travel costs paid (letter of notification of your entitlement to Income Support).

If you do not bring evidence of entitlement you will have to claim a refund using form HC5 that you will need to send to the appropriate benefit office. The form will tell you what to do. HC5 forms can be obtained from the Car Parking & Patient Travel Office or Main Reception. The Patient Travel Office is open from Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 6pm & Friday: 8.30am to 5pm. A half-hour lunch break is taken between the hours of 12.00pm and 2.00pm depending on demand. Indication will be displayed regarding time of re-opening.

Getting around

Click here to see a map of the Papworth Hospital site. Entrance to the RSSC for an overnight study is through the main entrance to the Chest Medical Unit. Entrance to RSSC Outpatients in through the white building situated to the left of the Chest Medical Unit.

Opening hours

This service is available from Monday to Friday.


Papworth Hospital's Garden Restaurant serves meals, snacks, cold and hot drinks. It is available to staff, visitors and patients and is open every day from 7.30 am to 7.00 pm. The Hospital also has a Gift Shop, selling refreshments, newspapers, toiletries and gifts, which is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.