Work is ongoing with the Scottish Ambulance Service to ensure both urgent and non-urgent ambulance transport provision is in place to move and transfer patients to and from the RAH in line with the new service set-up.
NHSGGC also agreed to work with local transport providers and local authority and community council contacts to maintain and enhance transport links between communities and the Vale and the RAH. As a result, the 340 bus service has been reorganised from April of this year. Previously, this underused service travelled between the Vale and the RAH in Paisley and was not timetabled to complement bus services to and from Helensburgh. The service now links with the 306 (Helensburgh) and 305 (Luss) buses. Because the service is now classed a ‘public service’ because it supports hospital transport, SPT have now been able to remove many of the restrictions that normally apply to private operators.
A marketing plan to promote awareness of the 340 service has been assembled between NHSGGC, SPT and local and community councils, and this was launched at the beginning of December 2009.