Hospi­tal taxi share ser­vice launched

The Arran Banner - - News -

The Ar­drossan-based Main­land Taxis are to pi­lot a new hospi­tal taxi share ser­vice which they hope will fill some of the void left by the Red Cross hospi­tal trans­fer ser­vice which ended in June.

Look­ing to help solve some of the dif­fi­cul­ties pa­tients have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in get­ting to the hospi­tal, the taxi firm are to of­fer the scheme to pa­tients and rel­a­tives who are trav­el­ling to Crosshouse, Ayr and Irvine Cen­tral hos­pi­tals.

Peter McGui­ness of Main­land Taxis said: ‘From the start of Septem­ber when some­one phones to book a taxi to take them to the hospi­tal they will be of­fered the hospi­tal taxi share ser­vice as an op­tion. If an­other per­son has phoned for the same hospi­tal and the same ferry time then a taxi can be shared which will help to keep the costs down.

‘We have very rea­son­able set rates for trans­port to the hos­pi­tals but this ini­tia­tive will hope­fully re­duce these costs for the trav­eller even fur­ther as well as a pro­vide an in­valu­able ser­vice for our val­ued and lo­cal cus­tomers on Ar­ran.

‘As with many of these types of ini­tia­tives, the more it is used the more cost ef­fi­cient it will be­come,’ he added.

As well as a large fleet of taxis Main­land Taxis also have a seven-seater, wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble ve­hi­cle.

To make use of the hospi­tal taxi share ser­vice call one of the team mem­bers on 01294 463556.

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