Health Trust sets up pilot scheme to get people home at night from hospital

FEARS about how to get home from hospital at night are to be eliminated, it was claimed.

County councillor Frank Wilkinson, who represents Storrington, said there was nothing worse than being in a hospital at 10 o'clock at night, with everything closed and the appearance of a 'deserted village' and trying to arrange transport home.

"Not everyone has a car," he told the county council's health overview and scrutiny committee. "There is no-one about, and deserted corridors, and how can we have access to transport for people who can't get home?

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This is one of the biggest worries to people who go into hospital."

Lucy Botting, associate director of provider modernisation and professional development for West Sussex Primary Care Trust, said part of a new community transport project involving five pilot schemes across the county, to be started in April and May, would be an on-call system between 5pm and midnight.

For full story see West Sussex Gazette March 26