Hospital hell

Trans­port prob­lems cause Gibby grief

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A Cam­bus­lang man has had three vi­tal hospital vis­its can­celled in the space of a month due to a lack of trans­port.

Gibby Roy, 70, from Half­way, suf­fers from heart dis­ease, re­nal fail­ure and a host of other ail­ments.

A Cam­bus­lang pen­sioner who suf­fers from a range of ill­nesses was forced to can­cel three vi­tal ap­point­ments in un­der a month due to a lack of trans­port.

Gibby Roy, 70, suf­fers from heart dis­ease, re­nal fail­ure and di­a­betes.

He has also had two am­pu­ta­tions to one of his legs, which is now gone from just be­low the knee.

Af­ter re­cently spend­ing three weeks in hospital due to prob­lems with his lungs, he had been due to at­tend Glas­gow’s new Vic­to­ria In­fir­mary on Fe­bru­ary 23.

How­ever, that had to be resched­uled af­ter he was un­able to se­cure trans­port.

The same thing hap­pened for ap­point­ments on March 8 and again on March 15, when he was only told at 3.45pm the day be­fore his 9.30am ap­point­ment there would be no trans­port.

The Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice put the situation down to “prob­lems with lo­cal ca­pac­ity.”

Gibby has now been sched­uled to go to hospital on April 7.

He and his wife, Mary, have been left be­mused by what has hap­pened.

He said: “The re­nal sys­tem is re­ally get­ting to me, these ap­point­ments are ver y im­por­tant.

“The hospital want to see me yet it’s not me who is can­celling. It’s re­ally frus­trat­ing.”

Mary added: “Gibby doesn’t keep too well, the whole thing is com­pletely out of or­der.”

A Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesman said: “We have trans­ported Mr Roy to hospital many times, how­ever on some re­cent oc­ca­sions there have been prob­lems with lo­cal ca­pac­ity through a com­bi­na­tion of short term ab­sence, high de­mand and the need for him to be ac­com­pa­nied by an ad­di­tional mem­ber of staff.

“We are sorry for the dis­rup­tion caused to him and are work­ing to ad­dress the dif­fi­cul­ties to en­sure that he is safely trans­ferred to hospital ap­point­ments in the fu­ture.”

Pain Gibby Roy has had three ap­point­ments re­lat­ing to his re­nal prob­lems scrapped

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