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Plan put forward to take hospital visitors to Prospect Park

Plan put forward to take hospital visitors to Prospect Park

Philip Dewey

Plan put forward to take hospital visitors to Prospect Park
Visitors will now have to travel to see patients at Prospect Park in Reading

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) have addressed Slough Borough Council's health scrutiny panel to present a transport plan for visitors from Slough to Prospect Park in Reading.

Mental health inpatients from Wexham Park Hospital are due to move to Prospect Park in February, with patients from Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot moving in August 2013. Patients from St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead are due to move in February 2014.

The transport proposals put forward by BHFT at Chalvey Community Centre yesterday include reimbursing mileage, covering the distance between the visitor's house to Prospect Park minus the distance to the original hospital they visited, at 18p per mile.

The second proposal would be to use a private hire taxi service for visitors who are elderly, disabled or are medically unfit, or on benefits or reliant on public transport.

Assistance will only be provided to those who would otherwise not be able to visit, who have a disability or medical condition, those over 65 and those who receive benefits, but individual cases may be reviewed.

During the consultation BHFT said it would allocate £100,000 to help relatives visit patients at Prospect Park.

The councillors asked for further details about the plan and will discuss the proposals again at the panel's next meeting in November.

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