Hospi­tal re­fused air for scooter

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - News -

A dis­abled dad has hit out af­ter hospi­tal staff re­fused to pump up the tyre of his mo­bil­ity scooter – be­cause it wasn’t one of theirs.

John Tay­lor strug­gles to walk af­ter break­ing his neck in an ac­ci­dent nearly 20 years ago, and re­lies on a mo­bil­ity scooter for get­ting around Aberdeen.

But as the 54-year-old was mak­ing his way to Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary for an ap­point­ment ear­lier this week, he dis­cov­ered he had a punc­ture.

He popped into Ed­in­burgh Bi­cy­cle Co-op­er­a­tive on Ge­orge Street, who pumped up the tyre to en­sure he got to the hospi­tal in time.

And once he ar­rived, he asked if the front desk could get one of their team to in­flate it fur­ther, know­ing they have their own mo­bil­ity scooter equip­ment on site.

He claims staff re­fused

“I just wanted some air for the tyre to get home”

to help, on the grounds the scooter was not one of theirs.

Last night Mr Tay­lor, who lives in Torry, said: “It’s not like Iwas ask­ing for a new wheel. I just wanted some air for the tyre to get home.

“The woman at the front desk couldn’t have been more help­ful, but af­ter phon­ing around she told me they couldn’t give me any air be­cause it wasn’t one of their own scoot­ers.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it, they have got ev­ery­thing there but be­cause it was mine they wouldn’t touch it.”

Mr Tay­lor broke his neck while play­ing wa­ter polo on his hon­ey­moon in 1998. The for­mer off­shore worker is un­able to work and can only walk with a stick.

Last night, the health board said they would in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter fully.

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