Patients in Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs can request free and accessible transport from their home to their GP practice or Lewes Victoria Hospital thanks to a new pilot transport scheme.
The scheme was launched last week by NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG, the body responsible for planning local health services.
It commissioned the new non-emergency transport scheme from community transport charity CTLA following feedback from local patients who said they struggled to access local health services.
Commissioners also hope the scheme will help reduce some pressure on nearby Accident and Emergency departments.
Dr Giles Hazan, GP at Quayside Medical Practice and clinical lead for the CCG, said: “As local doctors, we often hear from patients about the struggles they face accessing local health services.
“Some people who need to see their local GP are unable to get to the surgery and in extreme cases may turn to their local Accident and Emergency department simply because it’s easier to get to. We are delighted to be working with CTLA who will deliver a fast, flexible and free bus service to our local patients which will improve their access to a wide range of health services available locally.”
The pilot scheme, which launched on Monday February 2, will initially run for six months.
It is available for patients registered with these GP surgeries: Rowe Avenue Surgery, Peacehaven, Meridian Surgery (Anchor Healthcare centre), Peacehaven, Foxhill Medical Centre, Peacehaven, Quayside Medical Practice. Newhaven and Chapel Street Surgery, Newhaven.
Managing director of CTLA, Derek Barnett added: “CTLA are very much looking forward to working with the patients and staff to achieve the key aims of the service and contribute to the better health and wellbeing of the patients.”
To register for the service or to book contact CTLA on 01273 612332 or visit www.ctla.org.uk