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Patient Transport drivers battle 'Beast from the East'

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The so-called 'Beast from the East' brought chaos to many parts of Scotland last week, but didn't stop St John Scotland's dedicated volunteers maintaining a vital service for patients across Angus and Dundee.

Our Patient Transport service transports cancer and renal patients to and from appointments at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital and the renal clinic in Arbroath.

The drivers last week had to battle through blizzards, snow drifts and icy surfaces to transport patients safely to their life-saving treatments.

Sandy Bowman, Patient Transport co-ordinator for Dundee and Angus, said: “our team of volunteer drivers work six days a week throughout the year in all conditions. We knew we were going to face some tough weather last week so we had contingency plans in place to meet whatever we were faced with.

“We’re pleased to say that, through the team’s efforts, we didn’t miss one patient appointment last week. We’re incredibly proud of our drivers for delivering such a vital service and making sure people get to their outpatient clinic.”

St John Scotland relies on donations to help fund the service, including purchasing the vehicles. The 16 volunteers in the team all provide their time free of charge. If you would like to find out more about getting involved as a volunteer, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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