A door-to-door car service to take people from the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields estates to the town’s doctors’ surgeries is under way.
It has been launched by the area’s residents’ association because of difficulties people have getting to the new Meads medical centre in Bell Farm Road and the Bird-in-Eye surgery at the hospital.
The service is operated by volunteers and is also available to residents of Shaftsbury Court, London Road.
Paul Sparks, chairman of the residents’ association, said: “I am delighted that this much-needed service has started for the benefit of our residents. I would like to thank all the volunteers that have made this possible.”
Secretary, Peter Griggs, said the association hoped it would meet the needs of those who do not own their own car or are unable to drive themselves.
The service operates Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm with advance bookings only.
Call 01825 578006 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 and 10.30am or 4 to 5.30pm to make a booking or for more information.
The charge for each return trip is £3.50.
The association took the lead in helping residents of the two estates after the new Meads surgery opened, next to West Park, with no bus service.
It replaced premises in Grange Road. The original intention was just to serve the Meads but the scheme was extended when it became known many residents of the two estates were patients at Bird-in-Eye.
At the moment the surgery car service does not cover hospital appointments.