Cumbernauld healthcare transport pilot launched
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 20:02 GMT on Tuesday 5th March, 2013.
CUMBERNAULD’S elderly residents will now find it easier to make medical appointments, thanks to the launch of a new transport service.

The door-to-door transport service will benefit those aged over 65 who live in Cumbernauld and Shotts, as part of an NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Council funded on-year pilot.

The pilot scheme is targeted at patients who are not eligible for ambulance transport but would still benefit from travel assistance.

Although the Scottish Ambulance Service currently provides ambulance transport for patients who need support to reach their healthcare appointments, they only provide the service if the patient has medical or mobility needs, meaning that many do not qualify and still need extra to get to hospital or doctors surgeries.

Commenting on the pilot, Cumbernauld and District Diabetes Group chair Donald Masterton, said: “I think this is an excellent idea because it is not always easy for people to get to hospital from Cumbernauld.

“It is great to see people being supported in this way because sometimes they don’t have any relatives who can take them to appointments.”

As part of the project, volunteers are currently being sought.

People who have a full current driving licence, road tax, MOT and insurance are being hunted to volunteer as drivers, with passenger assistance training and mileage expenses provided to those participating, after a Disclosure Scotland check has been completed.

Paul Bridges, from Getting Better Together, Shotts Healthy Living Centre said: “Volunteering as a driver is a great idea for people of any age.

“If you are currently seeking employment, it looks great on your CV and gives you a chance to learn new skills and meet new people.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver or would like more information, telephone Paul Bridges on 01501 825 800.

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