FENLANDER: New survey targets difficulties faced by patients in keeping medical appointments

DO you have any problems travelling to your GP’s surgery or hospital? How do you get there and how long does it take? And are you happy with the service you are currently receiving?

Those are just a few of the questions in a detailed new survey that has just been launched in Fenland. It is aimed at discovering what gaps exist in the transport network and any difficulties patients may have in keeping medical appointments.

The responses could lead to the establishment of a new community transport service to help people access healthcare.

The Patient Transport Questionnaire comes at a time of increasing concern over public transport, particularly in rural areas hit by cuts in bus services.

Copies of the questionnaire will be available to pick up in all GP surgeries and hospitals in Fenland and at the four Fenland @ your service shops. They can also be downloaded from FDC’s website on http://www.fenland.gov.uk/3059

The survey will run until the end of July. It is being conducted by the Fenland Strategic Partnership’s Transport and Access Group, which includes Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, the Fenland Association for Community Transport (FACT), NHS Cambridgeshire and Care Network Cambridgeshire.

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