Am­bu­lance ser­vice takes on trans­port for ap­point­ments

Health

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

From to­day, the East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice will be the provider of NHS non­emer­gency pa­tient trans­port ser­vices for peo­ple liv­ing in Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough­fol­low­ing a con­sul­ta­tion process ear­lier this year. Non-emer­gen­cy­pa­tient­trans­port helps peo­ple who meet the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria to get to their hospi­tal ap­point­ments, such as out­pa­tients andX-ray.

Pa­tients who might need as­sis­tance with their trans­port in­cludes peo­ple who have a med­i­cal con­di­tion that would pre­vent them from trav­el­ling for treat­ment by other means or who need the skills and help of am­bu­lance care staff dur­ing the jour­ney. Liz McEwan, head of non­emer­gency ser­vices at the am­bu­lance ser­vice, which won the con­tract, said: “The new con­tract is much big­ger than the pre­vi­ous one and we have­new­pa­tient­trans­portve­hi­cles to sup­port it. “The ex­panded ser­vice will be hugely en­cour­ag­ing news to the pa­tients of Cam­bridgeshire.” Pa­tients who think they may be el­i­gi­ble for pa­tient trans­port, an­dar­ereg­is­tered witha GPintheCam­bridgeshire­and Peter­bor­ough area, in­clud­ing Roys­ton and Oun­dle, should call thep­a­tient­trans­port­ser­vice on 0845 603 8117. Li­ne­sare­openMon­day­toSun­day, 8am to 6.30pm.

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