Charity’s over the moon for patients
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.”