Worcestershire ‘Hospital Hopper’ bus makes first journey
Worcestershire’s brand-new ‘Hospital Hopper’ shuttle bus has taken its first journey connecting the Alexandra and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals.
The free service gives patients, visitors and staff a convenient way to travel between the two hospital sites – whether to get to an appointment or visit friends and relatives in hospital.
The ‘Hospital Hopper’ runs directly between the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch and Worcestershire Royal Hospital and back again – leaving from each site hourly, on the half hour, from 7.30am to 10.30am and 1.30pm to 4.30pm every weekday.
David Trigger, who took the first bus from the Worcestershire Royal to the Alexandra Hospital said: “It’s encouraging to see the Trust listening and responding to what local people have asked for.
“I’m really pleased this service has become a reality as it can be really important for many people in the County. I want to encourage everyone to use the service as the more people who use it; the more likely this will become permanent.”
On the first bus from the Alexandra Hospital to Worcestershire Royal was Brian Nichollas, who used the hopper bus with his wife Rita to visit a friend at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Brian said: “I think this is a great idea and will be a great service for people in Redditch.”
Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch, said: “I am of course delighted that the Hospital Hopper has now become a reality after being proposed at the public meeting that I held last September.
“This is a pilot scheme and the Acute Trust will monitor demand over the next few weeks, and so I really do urge residents to use the service, especially as it has taken considerable effort to get off the ground. If the demand is there I am hopeful that the facility will be maintained, and may even be increased.”
The pilot service will run until Friday 21 April, with no service on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Support and demand for the service will be continually evaluated and a decision made as to how it will continue in the future at the end of the pilot period.