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Helping people in Berwick to visit loved ones in hospital

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014
Helping people in Berwick to visit loved ones in hospital

People in the Berwick area who do not have transport in order to travel to visit relatives in Wansbeck General Hospital can take advantage of a daily car service.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is running a pilot scheme to transport relatives of patients staying at Wansbeck General Hospital from Berwick Infirmary.

The car service runs Monday to Friday (including bank holidays) and leaves Berwick Infirmary’s main reception at 12.30pm, arriving at Wansbeck hospital’s main reception at around 1.50pm, in time for visiting hours.

It will then leave Wansbeck hospital’s main reception at 4pm and return to Berwick Infirmary at approximately 5.30pm.

Places, which must be booked in advance, will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. This can be done by contacting 01289 356601 between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

A maximum of two visitors per patient will be able to use the service at any one time. Unfortunately places are unable to be offered to children.

Annaluisa Wood, modern matron at Berwick Infirmary, said: “We know that some people – particularly the elderly – who do not have transport of their own, can find it difficult to get to Wansbeck hospital to visit relatives.

“We hope that this pilot car service will make it easier for them to visit their loved ones as we know how important it is.”


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