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Buggy boost for patients and visitors at Derby Hospitals

6 June 2012

Volunteers at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have taken delivery of an additional patient buggy, purchased from charitable funds, which will enhance the patient and visitor experience and help people with restricted mobility get to their various destinations around the Royal Derby Hospital.

The bright yellow buggy, which was chosen by the volunteer buggy drivers, has rear facing passenger seats, can turn in its own space and is much smaller and quieter than the other buggies currently in use.

Mike Oldbury, volunteer buggy driver, said: "The free of charge buggy is a very popular and essential service as it allows patients and visitors to be transported from one end of the hospital to the other, rather than having to walk along corridors to reach their appointments. This new addition will be a great help to all who use it. One patient recently commented that she would not have been able to walk the distance if it hadn’t been for the patient buggy.”

The service runs Monday to Friday 9am-4pm and is run by the volunteers.