New Translink hospital bus service is boon
The report in your newspaper (August 17) of the elderly Fivemiletown man told by the Ambulance Service to find his own way to Altnagelvin Hospital for an operation there disappointed and annoyed me.
The ambulance had broken down and was unable to transport the man from Enniskillen Hospital on Tuesday, August 13.
His wife had to make alternative transport arrangements as she cannot drive. She is to be commended for doing so at such short notice. Praise also to Lord Morrow for alerting the Ambulance Service to the couple's predicament, having tried seven times to call them.
I understand that Translink has recently begun a pilot service from Enniskillen to Altnagelvin Hospital but this is only available on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week and times can be obtained from Translink.
Perhaps many people do not know of this service. Two buses run in each direction on those days. In my opinion this is an excellent service but I fear it could be withdrawn if not enough people use it. Hence my reason for bringing it to your attention.