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Ambulance ‘nightmare’ for Bute hospital patients

Bute Community Council has expressed concern about the availability of patient transport ambulances to take seriously ill island patients to and from appointments at hospitals on the mainland.

Bute Community Council has expressed concern about the availability of patient transport ambulances to take seriously ill island patients to and from appointments at hospitals on the mainland.

 

Seriously ill Bute residents are being forced to miss vital appointments on the mainland because there is no patient transport ambulance available to take them to hospital, Bute Community Council has been told.

Frank Baxter, who deals with transport issues for BCC, told the community council’s latest meeting that some patients had been contacted by the Scottish Ambulance Service less than 24 hours in advance and been told they would have to cancel their appointments at Inverclyde Royal Hospital due to no transport being available for them.

“It’s becoming a nightmare for them,” Mr Baxter said. “The problem isn’t with the people who drive the ambulances - it’s with the booking system. Patients are being told the night before that there is no ambulance available.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said the organisation would be happy to meet the community council to discuss any concerns.

* Full story in the March 7 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.

 

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