People in North Devon and Torridge who have health and care appointments on Monday 18 October are being urged to plan their travel to make sure they can be seen on time, in view of the threat of industrial action which will affect Stagecoach bus services in the area.
Staff at NDHT are making alternative arrangements in order to get to work on Monday and are asking patients to do the same and:
- consider whether their journey from home to their appointment could realistically be made by bicycle, on foot or by organising a lift with a neighbour, friend or family member
- check the temporary timetable that will be published by Stagecoach buses to confirm which buses will be running
- allow extra time for their journey as traffic levels may be higher than usual.
Heather Brazier, Director of Operations at NDHT, said: “We realise that some people may miss their appointments owing to this bus strike.
“We ask anyone who knows they will be unable to attend to contact us using the number on their appointment letter as soon as possible. The Trust will arrange for your appointment to be rescheduled as soon as possible. By contacting us in advance, you will be supporting us to offer your cancelled appointment to another patient who may be able to attend.”