Forbes organises Lochaber patient transport meeting

Local people are keen for further clarity over transport arrangements for the new hospital which will replace the existing Belford Hospital, pictured.

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The need for better integration between patient transport and commercial bus services in Lochaber will be discussed this week at a round-table meeting organised by local MSP Kate Forbes.

Following a meeting earlier in the year with the Lochaber Transport Forum, representatives from NHS Highland, HITRANS and Highland Council will meet with the constituency MSP tomorrow (Friday) in Fort William to see what can be improved.

It is thought some of the bus services between Oban and Fort William could be more effectively timed to accommodate appointment slots, and locals are also keen for further clarity over transport arrangements for the new Belford Hospital.

Ms Forbes commented: ‘I am convening a round-table discussion in Fort William on patient transport because it is an issue that has been raised with me numerous times.

‘Patient transport is vitally important in an area where people are frequently required to travel up to two hours to the hospital and back.

‘There have been concerns about the frequency and reliability of public transport. With the new hospital in Fort William, there is an opportunity to look again at transport links.’