A volunteer patient transport service seen as a vital lifeline to many people in Fife is expanding its reach across the region.

St John Scotland’s Patient Transport Service, which takes people to and from hospital appointments at the Queen Margaret Hospital renal unit in Dunfermline, will now cover the Victoria Hospital renal unit in Kirkcaldy.

Run entirely by volunteers, the service ensures people can arrive safely and on time for important dialysis appointments, which can last several hours.

The team behind the initiative consists of six regular drivers and four additional relief drivers and, while celebrating the service’s expansion at a special event in Dunfermline on Monday, St John Scotland also used the occasion to appeal for new volunteer drivers to come forward.

At present, the service transports around nine patients per week from their homes to dialysis appointments, and returns them home after the treatment.

Helen Wright, director of nursing at NHS Fife, said of the latest development: “I am delighted that the St John Scotland Patient Transport scheme is being expanded to cover the Victoria Hospital.


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