"British Red Cross Arran Patient Transport Service"
Posted by irene12 (as ),
I have been informed that the Arran Patient Transport Service is to be withdrawn at the end of June due to lack of funding. The loss of this service will be hugely detrimental to the islanders who so wholly rely on this service to meet their transport needs. As the daughter, neighbour and friend of those who have used, and continue to rely on this service, I know firsthand how much of an impact this will have on both their physical health and mental wellbeing due to the increased stress they will encounter as a direct result of this service being withdrawn. Many of these patients are ineligible for support from the Scottish Ambulance Patient Transport Service and ARCAS support thus this was their only viable support service. Without this vital service, trying to arrange alternative support or even missing their appointments, which has happened and will continue to happen when no alternative can be arranged, can only exacerbate their worries at a time when these patients are already vulnerable and in need of additional support.
I am sharing this story in the hope that you can suggest a viable alternative to this service or take this matter forward in the hope of rectifying the situation and going some way to minimise the distress the withdrawal fo the service is likely to have.