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Hospitals linked by shuttle bus service

A new shuttle bus service is to be launched between Preston and Chorley hospitals.

The move comes in the wake of a major shake up of hospital services which has seen some services move from Preston to Chorley, and vice versa.

Patients, visitors and staff in Preston and Chorley will be a bus ride away from their hospitals when Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust unveils its new shuttle service on Monday.

Emergency 24 hour surgery will now only be provided at the Royal Preston Hospital while all gynaecology day cases will be sent to Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.

The revamp caused controversy among some patients as they now face a 28 mile round trip for some hospital appointments.

And parking problems have been at crisis point at both sites with visitors and patients struggling to find a space at peak periods. However, 100 extra spaces are to be created at Chorley Hospital with plans for 250 more spaces at the Royal Preston Hospital site.

The bus service was originally set up for staff to get between sites and has now been extended for use by patients and visitors, costing 1 per journey.

Patients will be able to beat the traffic and hop on the bus to attend hospital appointments.

Ian Cox, director of facilities and services at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "The new service will make it easier for some patients and visitors to get between our hospitals in Chorley and Preston.

"The shuttle bus service has been widely used by staff and we hope that it will benefit patients and visitors, who may find it easier and more convenient to catch the bus rather than drive.

"If the scheme proves a success, we will look at extending the hours the bus runs and this could include running a service in the evenings."

The shuttle bus service will run from 9am until 4pm, from Monday to Friday, leaving Chorley at 9.05am, 10.05am, 11.05am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3.05pm.

It will run from Royal Preston Hospital from 9.35am, 10.35am, 11.35am, 1pm, 2pm and 3.35pm.

Collect

The journey between the hospitals lasts around 30 minutes. The bus will not run on Bank Holidays.

Buses will collect and drop off passengers outside the Gordon Hesling Block and the Primary Care Centre at the front entrance at Royal Preston Hospital and at the main entrance to Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.

Tickets will be available from the general offices at each hospital and must be purchased in advance of travelling.

 
 
 

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