Are you or do you know someone who is finding it difficult to get to the GP surgery?

22 Feb


Healthwatch Ealing is the new independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public In Ealing. Healthwatch will play a role at national, regional and local level and will make sure that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account.

Address: Healthwatch Ealing, Lido Centre 63 Mattock Lane West Ealing
London W13 9LA United Kingdom


There are many elderly or disabled people who find it difficult to get to their GP’s surgery for routine visits as there is no public transport, taxis are expensive and they don’t have friends or family available to take them. By attending the surgery they can see the GP who will have easy access to their medical records, be able to see other health care professionals as well as the fact that appropriate examinations  are often much easier to perform and a chaperone is usually available. For some this may be a welcome social outing!

To address this the Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group are providing the  ECT with funding for the following pilot project.

PlusBus for Health

What is PlusBus for Health and can I use it?

PlusBus for Health is a new trial service offered by ECT to transport people to and from GP surgeries. The service aims to reduce the number of GP house calls and no-shows at surgeries, and simultaneously improve the well-being of patients by providing the opportunity to leave their homes and increase social contact.

The service is not currently available to everyone. GP surgeries are referring people who are eligible to ECT.

This is a shared service which will run to provide FREE transport for as many people as possible.

To find out more, please speak to your GP to see if they are taking part in the trial, or alternatively call 020 8813 3214 or email

NB we are participating in this trial

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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Training and Advice


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