Transport service gathering momentum

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A new patient transport service for people living in Edzell and the surrounding area is gathering momentum with the next public meeting being at Edzell Health Centre on Tuesday, June 25, at 6.30 p.m.

At a recent public meeting held at Edzell Health Centre members of the local community expressed an interest in supporting the introduction of a patient transport service. Having a co-ordinated volunteer patient transport service for people living in Edzell and the surrounding district would help make it easier for them to attend hospitals in Angus and the rest of Tayside and beyond.

Although the village itself is served by public transport, older and less mobile people particularly those living in the more rural areas around Edzell can find it challenging to attend medical appointments.

The idea of introducing a volunteer transport scheme for Edzell patients came from GPs at the health centre. At the recent meeting, members of the public heard details of the successful patient transport service that is currently operating in Carnoustie. The Carnoustie model involves volunteer drivers who receive a mileage allowance, telephonists and fund-raisers led by a committee of active volunteers, providing a service for patients registered with the town’s Parkview Primary Care Centre. Patients can make a request for transport by contacting a dedicated telephone line at the health centre.

Dr Marc Jacobs of Edzell Health Centre said: “Although there are already informal arrangements in place amongst the practice population where a few willing individuals offer transport to friends and neighbours on an ‘adhoc’ basis, it was felt that this could be better publicised and co-ordinated, and perhaps extended to meet the needs of the whole community.”

More local volunteers are needed for this new patient transport scheme and anyone interested in becoming involved in this venture is encouraged to come along to the next meeting at Edzell Health Centre. Any offers of help would be greatly appreciated – just an hour or two a week could make a valuable contribution to the scheme.

For more information about Edzell volunteer patient transport scheme or to register an interest, contact Edzell Health Centre on 01356 648209.