Char­ity’s over the moon for pa­tients

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

A top char­ity has gone over the moon aid­ing stricken hos­pi­tal pa­tients.

Ayr­shire Can­cer Sup­port re­vealed it had driven the equiv­a­lent mileage to ferry vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple to and from ap­point­ments.

It comes af­ter we told how the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice had a crip­pling short­age of num­bers to man their own trans­port ser­vice.

Now char­ity chiefs have lifted the lid on the huge rise in free trans­port given to those re­ceiv­ing life- sav­ing treat­ment and at­tend­ing on­col­ogy ap­point­ments.

In the first seven months of 2017, the char­ity has driven over 7000 pa­tient jour­neys, to­talling in ex­cess of 238,855 miles – the dis­tance to the Moon from Earth.

San­dra Mc­Call, CEO of Ayr­shire Can­cer Sup­port, said “Over the past 35 years de­mand for our ser­vices has risen dra­mat­i­cally.

“More re­cently, we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a sig­nif­i­cant rise in re­quests from pa­tients ur­gently need­ing to at­tend hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments.

“We find that many pa­tients can­not phys­i­cally make the jour­ney with­out con­sid­er­able suf­fer­ing on their part.

“Can­cer treat­ments can be phys­i­cally de­mand­ing and can be daily, of­ten over a six week pe­riod.

“Hav­ing the stamina to drive to ap­point­ments or de­pend­ing on a part­ner or friend to take time off work is not al­ways pos­si­ble.

“Peo­ple may have al­ready taken un­paid leave from work and pub­lic trans­port or taxi rides can also be cost pro­hib­i­tive.

“Many el­derly peo­ple do not have the fam­ily sup­port net­work avail­able to them and come to rely on our vol­un­teer ser­vice.”

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