Ambulance service takes on transport for appointments
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.