Hospitals are only established where there is a proven need for community assistance. In some areas the transport infrastructure is weak, or non-existent, and often patients are just too poor to afford the cost of a ticket. In these circumstances there is a need for the charity to have its own transport facilities in the form of buses. These can often be provided with basic ambulance style facilities. In addition to ferrying patients they can also be employed to efficiently transport medical teams for the purposes of undertaking assessment camps as well as post-operative examination.
While the cost of such vehicles can depend upon the specific needs of the area, typically one bus can be provided for around £9,000.
Grants are often available in support of such provision.