There’s still time for people in Uckfield to take part in the Wealden Bus Alliance’s Access to Healthcare survey to explore the possibility of setting up an on-demand transport scheme to serve the Buxted and East Hoathly Medical Centres and the Bird-in-Eye Surgery and Meads Medical Centre in Uckfield.
“We are looking at setting up a volunteer transport scheme for patients who find it difficult attending surgery appointments,” said Cllr Barry Marlowe, Alliance chairman. “The survey will help to gauge where the difficulties are.
“We are now extending the closing date for the survey to Friday, August 15. We have had a good response but many people who have picked up a survey form from their surgery – possibly for a relative or neighbour – have yet to return them.
“As well as taking part in the Access to Healthcare survey, you can also take part online at the Wealden Bus Alliance website: www.wealdenbus.org.uk That is the quickest way to do it and it will help us to collate the information.”
“I am aware of difficulties some people have in travelling to their doctor’s surgery if they don’t have their own transport or someone to take them,” said Cllr Claire Dowling, Wealden Cabinet member for public health and community safety.
“Therefore, a car service would be very useful to them and I urge anyone in this position to complete the survey form.
“We hope all those patients without independent transport will take part in the Access to Healthcare survey and make sure responses reach the Wealden Bus Alliance by 15 August. It can be a particular problem for older people who may feel it is no longer safe to drive.”