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Shelter sought for Rothesay ambulance transfers

Bute Community Council wants to see a shelter built on Rothesay pier to avoid the transfer of patients between ambulances taking place in the open air.

Bute Community Council wants to see a shelter built on Rothesay pier to avoid the transfer of patients between ambulances taking place in the open air.

 

Bute Community Council is trying to secure agreement to have a shelter erected on Rothesay pier for use in patient ambulance transfers.

At present patients being taken by ferry from the Victoria Hospital in the town to a health facility on the mainland are transferred between ambulances on the pier with no protection from the elements.

BCC chair Grace Strong, who also deals with health matters for the organisation, told its April meeting on Wednesday in Rothesay Pavilion that a shelter would provide that protection, as well as maintaining patients’ dignity.

One member of the public who was present at the meeting stated that she had been subject to a transfer on the pier during stormy conditions, and had found it very embarrassing.

Fellow community councillor Frank Baxter stated: “The council has already put up various structures on the pier, so I think we should make it a matter of urgency that something is done about a shelter on the pier.”

 

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