Shuttle bus to Chase Farm Hospital for Royal Free Hospital users
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Thousands of patients in north London depend on the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead for treatment. The hospital is near central London with excellent public transport links, which makes travel convenient and relatively affordable.
However, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has announced that some elective surgery (general surgery, gynaecology, orthopaedics, maxillofacial and ear, nose and throat) is to be performed at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, 14 miles away.
That's a long way. How easy is it to get to on public transport?
The nearest Tube station (Oakwood: Piccadilly Line) is 2.4 miles away. Although it has full step-free access, onward travel by bus or taxi is difficult, expensive and slow. Meanwhile, Gordon Hill station (Great Northern: National Rail) is much nearer (0.4 miles) but there is no step-free access. The following letter in the Camden New Journal illustrates the difficulties well:
You can imagine how difficult it will be for those with mobility issues to travel to Chase Farm.
In addition, those without Freedom Passes will pay substantially more in travel costs, as they will often need to travel into Zone 1 to get onto the Piccadilly Line. Many in the Royal Free catchment area are nowhere near the Piccadilly Line.
This change will affect everyone. It has been suggested that a shuttle bus service would help users get to Chase Farm Hospital. According to senior Royal Free Hospital management, a shuttle bus service had previously existed but was discontinued due to low demand. Of course demand will now rocket once the surgery is moved there.
We need to ensure that a shuttle bus service is available to everyone who needs it. Sign the petition to help make this possible.
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The survey link is https://goo.gl/forms/1YYSQ3O2KjjOCZeJ2
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