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19 July 2013
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) has responded to families concerns that they will have to travel out of Bedford as a result of the closure of paediatric services at Bedford Hospital.
The GP-led clinical commissioning group is setting up free shuttle transport to run from Bedford Hospital to Milton Keynes Hospital, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon.
The new shuttle service will be free for all families whose children are having medical care or planned operations at Milton Keynes and Luton and Dunstable Hospital and who need help with transport to visit their child in the neighbouring hospital. It will be available from the end of next week and run at times that fit with visiting hours at the other hospitals.
Further information about times and where the transport will pick up and drop off will be available next week.
Dr Diane Gray, director of strategy at BCCG said: “It was clear from the public meeting yesterday, that transport is a major concern for families whose children can no longer be treated at Bedford Hospital. The free shuttle transport will help support families who don’t have a car or find it difficult to travel by public transport.
“We are also in discussion with bus companies and colleagues about changes to public transport routes and timetables, especially towards Milton Keynes, to increase their frequency and proximity of stops to both hospitals."