Hospital refused air for scooter
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.