Polegate’s MP is welcoming the return to work for non-emergency patient transport drivers.
The transfer from Coperforma to South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) begins today (1 March).
In order to minimise disruption, this transfer is being phased. From today, SCAS will start to operate about 15% of total journeys, and will take complete responsibility from 1 April. SCAS has been working closely with relevant staff at relevant Trusts to ensure that they know how to make bookings on the new system.
It should be stressed that patients do not have to do anything different. It is merely the provider of the transport that is changing, and they should continue to book their transport in the usual way.
SCAS have been learning from the previous contractor about the mobilisation and operational factors of the task they know possess. Transport specialists, providers and a patient representative body are overseeing the transition to ensure that service is not affected.
Maria commented, “I share the Sussex CCGs’ delight that SCAS has agreed to take over the contract. It has over 40 years of experience and the CQC recently awarded its customer service to patients as ‘outstanding.’
“I am confident that this transition will go smoothly and have faith in both the SCAS and the overseeing body to ensure this.”