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Bewdley Town Council

Pilot Patient Transport initiative for patients of Wyre Forest CCG surgeries.

By Town Clerk's Office Bewdley Town Council

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

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A significant concern for many patients is accessing transport to attend their medical appointment. A recent survey established that around 20% of missed appointments are due to the lack of available transport which in turn has a detrimental impact on precious NHS resources.

 During September, a new initiative to address this issue was established for patients registered to Medical Practices within the Wyre Forest CCG. The three-volunteer supported community transport schemes that operate within the district are working together to provide transport where no other means exists. These are, Wyre Forest Dial-a-Ride, Community Transport Wyre Forest and Tenbury Transport Trust.

Wyre Forest Dial a Ride are the lead body providing a booking line between 09:00 and 4:00 pm weekdays and coordinating journeys between the partner schemes. Funding has been made available to provide the required infrastructure and administration costs incurred although the scheme will be primarily supported by volunteers who it is hoped will continue to provide the service should it be successful.

This Pilot scheme will provide valuable resource as it offer’s wheelchair adaptable vehicles as well as cars and minibus’s. A fare charge applies and some restrictions apply. For more details telephone 0300 330 1246 or visit www.journeystohealth.org.uk

Journeys to Health is a pilot project funded by the Department for Transport’s Total Transport initiative supported by Worcestershire County Council and health service providers’

All  medical centres and hospitals within the CCG are receiving a letter and publicity material this week, if you require any further information please contact me.

 

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