Cancer patients’ bus service to hospital

Cancer patients worrying about getting to hospital for treatment have inspired the launch of a direct bus service.

Nenna Kind Cancer Support Drop-in Centre in Chesterfield is running a dedicated bus service direct to Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.

Barbara Wallace, founder of the centre, said: “Due to several phone calls from distressed clients, who told us they had to go to Weston Park for treatment and didn’t know how to get there, we decided to start a dedicated bus service.

“We contacted Weston Park and they told us there are 10,000 patient appointments per year just for radiotherapy, plus all the other appointments for other treatments, just from Chesterfield.”

The service, which is running for a six-month trial period, is available to patients and their families.

It is funded by £6,000 of voluntary contributions to the Nenna Kind centre and a large donation from Weston Park.

The bus runs twice daily from The Portland Hotel, West Bars, Chesterfield, at 10am and 2pm, returning from Weston Park at 1pm and 5pm.

Tickets are £5 return and must be bought at least a day in advance. They are available from the Nenna Kind centre in Dents Chamber, New Square, or from patient accounts at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.