Pilot transport scheme gets patients home faster

Patients are to be taken home from Dumfries and Galloway Infirmary as soon as they have been discharged instead of staying an additional night due to lack of transport, it was announced this week.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown, met with organisers of the Rural Transport Solution project which has set up a pilot to provide vital patient transport.

The project aims to develop and deliver new ways to improve rural transport by working with Dumfries and Galloway Council, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Ambulance Service and community transport providers.

The sum of £67,000 was allocated to the project through the Bus Investment Fund, though the whole project will cost £102,000.

Gail Robertson, NHS Dumfries and Galloway said this week: “This pilot has allowed the NHS to work with our local authority partner to explore the idea of a “transport hub” model within Dumfries and Galloway.

“This model will ensure those with an identified need for transport are discharged in a timely manner from hospital and that all our transport resources including third sector and the Scottish Ambulance Service are used more effectively.

“Pending a formal evaluation the initial feedback has been positive from both staff and patients.”