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Adverse Weather: Information for Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service Users

22 January 2013

We resumed operation of a near-normal non-emergency Patient Transport Service in the majority of areas across the region from 10.00 this morning.

Although there may be some isolated problems where ice and snow have become compacted causing access difficulties for staff, we are working hard to get as many patients as possible to their appointments.

Despite some areas resuming a near-normal service, the hazardous road conditions and further adverse weather in some areas of the county continue to cause some disruption to non-urgent journeys. 

Sheffield area: More severe problems remain in parts of Sheffield. However, the situation is improving and we hope operate a near-normal service from noon today.  

Scarborough, Whitby, Bradford, Airedale, Calderdale and Huddersfield areas: Road and driving conditions remain very difficult and further snowfalls are forecast in these areas. As a result we expect to be undertaking essential journeys in these areas today.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause for patients in the areas affected. The situation is under constant review and further updates will be provided as and when circumstances change. It is hoped that all non-urgent outpatient journeys will resume tomorrow (Wednesday).

As has been the case throughout the period of adverse weather, the service remains in place for those patients requiring non-emergency patient transport to hospitals and clinics for essential treatment such as dialysis, oncology, haematology and neurology.

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