The Tempo 2+2 will enable less able patients to be driven by registered hospital volunteers to and from the hospital from set pick up points located around the hospital site at various entrances and car parks.
Senior Cardiographer Louise Huitson suggested the idea for a mobility service in a Dragons’ Den-style event. Louise said, “The idea came to me because my dad has mobility issues, and I had seen a buggy service operating at University Hospitals Leicester, and I thought it was such a great idea.”
Louise’s dad, Joe, said: “I can see how this new service is going to help people, like myself, who have mobility issues but are not necessarily in wheelchairs. I am sure many people will be grateful for it.”
Chief Executive Simon Weldon commented, “It is a very good idea and in line with our Trust values of being a compassionate organisation that is always looking to improve the way we care for our patients.”
People who need the service can phone its dedicated number, and the volunteer will then come and pick them up in the buggy – a top of the range Club Car Tempo2+2 which carries up to three passengers and a driver.
Kettering General Hospital held a competition to name the Club Car Tempo2+2. Having receiving hundreds of entries, the Tempo2+2 has been called CARE FORCE 1 after the hospital’s CARE values of being Compassionate, Accountable, Respectful and Engaging.
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