Bus fiasco will drive patients round the bend

NEW STOBHILL ACAD 27.2.10 PICTURE BY JAMIE FORBES
NEW STOBHILL ACAD 27.2.10 PICTURE BY JAMIE FORBES

PEOPLE hoping to visit their sick loved ones in hospital could face a lengthy bus journey now that in-patient services have been transferred from Stobhill.

A Kirkintilloch pensioner has contacted the Herald to air her concerns after her husband was taken into Gartnavel Hospital more than two weeks ago.

He is being treated in the urology department - one of the services which is no longer in existence at the ‘new’ Stobhill.

The Herald reader said: “I can’t believe there is no bus that goes directly to Gartnavel Hospital. There must be a fair number of patients from this area in the hospital now that in-patient services hav been transferred from Stobhill.”

She added: “You can get a bus to Stobhill and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, but not Gartnavel - which is the furthest away.

“It doesn’t seem to make any sense.”

“There’s only so many times in the week my daughter can drive me to see my husband.”

The only way to get to Gartnavel from Kirkintilloch using public transport is currently by taking the x87 bus to Buchanan Street Bus Station, followed by a five minute walk to Hope Street to catch the number 20 bus to Gartnavel - a total return journey time of more than two hours.

A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “Over the past year these plans have been widely circulated to the local population through information leaflets, public forums and information days.

“In particular, detailed information leaflets are available on transport options for patients and visitors who are required to attend either Gartnavel General or the Southern General.

“The information includes bus routes and schedules and information on how to access our free evening visitor scheme.”