A new transport service has been launched, helping Tayside patients get to appointments.
The service, which is for those who have no other means of travel, has been set-up by NHS Tayside with help from local businesses.
Arnold Clark has provided 15 specially-modified vehicles, which will be driven by PPE-wearing healthcare staff who have voluntarily redeployed as drivers.
NHS Tayside associate director for Improvement, Tracey Williams, said: “After we set up our network of community assessment hubs across the region, we recognised that some people were struggling to get to these centres and to appointments at our hospitals.
“This may be because they do not drive and are unable to use public transport because they have symptoms of COVID-19 or are shielding or self-isolating, or they may not feel well enough to drive themselves.
“We have been able to offer this service to those who need our support thanks to some very generous local companies and we are very grateful to all of them for their donations.
“It really is making a positive difference for our patients.”
BP has given fuel, vehicle trackers have been provided by Telematics, Tesco has provided mobile phone cradles and Halfords has donated child seats.
The service is also being support by Assured Group, which is providing a daily deep clean of the vehicles to ensure they comply with infection control standards.
NHS Tayside collaborated with GPs, Transport Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service and Health Protection Scotland to develop the hub.
It will allow staff at assessment centres, GP practices and hospitals to organise transport.
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