A surgery car service is launched today (Monday) for residents of the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields housing estates in Uckfield.
The scheme is designed for those who need transport to the new Meads Medical Centre, on Bell Farm Lane, and to the Bird-in-Eye surgery.
It has been launched by the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association. People who live on the two estates and people in Shaftsbury Court qualify for the service.
The cost for a return trip is £3.50. The service operates Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm and trips must be booked in advance.
Phone lines to make bookings are open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 and 10.30am or 4 to 5.30pm. Call 01825 578006.
The need for a surgery car service arose after the Meads moved from Grange Road to near West Park with no buses running to the surgery.
Residents’ association chairman, Paul Sparks, said the service was extended to the Bird-in-Eye surgery after it became apparent than many people on the two estates were registered there having been unable to secure a place at the Meads.
“This really shows the association is responding to the needs of our residents. It is a service which will be extremely valuable,” he said.
“We are very excited about this and hope it works very well but we need to monitor it very carefully during the first few weeks,” Mr Sparks added.
He said the association would like to hear from more volunteer drivers – you do not have to be available all day, every day.
Initially the service will not include taking people to appointments at Uckfield Hospital.
Mr Sparks said they did want to “over-stretch” the service at the outset and hospital appointments could last longer than those in a GP surgery.
Extending the scheme to include the hospital would be considered at a later date.