New minibus to help patients

A NEW minibus to take patients with mobility problems to Ipswich Hospital is on the road today.The hospital has teamed up with charity Suffolk ACRE to provide the new 15-seat minibus which will be used to transport people living in the IP1 to IP5 areas to the hospital.

A NEW minibus to take patients with mobility problems to Ipswich Hospital is on the road today.

The hospital has teamed up with charity Suffolk ACRE to provide the new 15-seat minibus which will be used to transport people living in the IP1 to IP5 areas to the hospital.

The service is door-to-door for patients who have mobility problems when travelling alone.

Chris Dashper, rural and community transport team manager at Suffolk ACRE, said the service is for people who are fit enough to travel to hospital themselves but may not have their own vehicle or anyone they can rely on for help.

The service is membership based and customers will need to book in advance and will be asked to pay a small fare.

Those entitled to use the service include people on attendance allowance, disability living allowance, disability working allowance or mobility allowance.

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For more information call Graham Webb, transport coordinator for Suffolk Acre, on 01473 242531.

Does more need to be done to help ill people travel to hospital? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.