HEALTH bosses on the Island are asking Isle of Wight patients for their views on a planned new non-emergency patient transport service.
At the moment, five contracts are in place which transport patients to healthcare appointments on the Island as well as Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton.
The planned new service will replace the five contracts with a single provider.
Seven clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the region, including the Island’s CCG, are working in partnership to draw up the new scheme.
Speaking on behalf of the CCGs, Dr Mike Johns said: "Access and eligibility for the service is not affected, so patients won’t have to change their plans. This is simply about putting in place a more effective, efficient and consistent service serving all patients locally."
He added: "It’s really important for us to have patients’ views on what they think of the current patient transport service, what they think works well and where they feel improvements could be made."
A short online survey has been produced which patients can complete and is open until October 31.
The survey is at www.surveymonkey.com/s/patient-transport. Paper copies can be obtained by calling 023 8062 7594.