What does it do?
Getting around in the rural areas is sometimes difficult at the best of times. This is even more of a problem if you live in a rural village and need to attend a hospital appointment or wish to visit a friend or relative in hospital. This can often mean relying on friends and relatives to provide transport which is not always convenient.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Medibus service provides a flexible home to hospital transport service. The service is funded by a Central Government Rural Bus Challenge Grant.
There are four Medibuses based at:
- Beverley(serving Beverley Westwood, Hull Royal and Castle Hill Hospitals)
- Carnaby (serving Alfred Bean, Bridlington and Scarborough Hospitals)
- Pocklington (serving York District Hospital)
- Withernsea (serving Princess Royal, Hull Royal and Castle Hill Hospitals)
Who it is for: For anyone to use as long as you live in a rural area and are using it for transport to one of the hospitals shown, or are accompanying one who is.
Where it is available:Local service covering: East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull (East Riding of Yorkshire).
What it costs:Medibus is easy and convenient and fares are very reasonable (about the same as bus fares). East Riding Travel Passes are also valid on the service.
How to access or apply for it:
Medibus works on a pre-booked basis and fits its schedule around its passengers on a day to day basis. Each Medibus can carry 8 passengers and has room for 1 wheelchair and the 4 Medibuses carry an average of 450 passengers per month, so it is best to book your journey as soon as possible. Each Medibus has easy access using an electrically operated side step and ramp to the rear and our drivers are friendly and helpful.
Medibus contact number: 01482 395533
Medibus website: www.medibus.org.uk
What to expect then:
Once your journey is booked, a courtesy call will be made to you the day before your appointment to give you an exact time that you will be picked up from home. Depending on distance to the hospital, this is usually no more than 1 hour or so before your appointment. After you have finished your appointment or visit to hospital, the driver will normally be back to take you home within 1 hour.
Info last updated:01/03/2011.