This working group was set up by Martina Gow, a patient living in Croy and is now being looked after by Simon Noble, a patient in Nairn. It was set up in response to a number of concerns raised by patients both in Nairn and from outlying parts who are unable to use their own transport and struggling to arrange or keep appointments at the surgery and the hospital using available services.
We’ve researched relevant initiatives Highland-wide and nationally, attended Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey’s District Partnership Meeting (a joint NHS/Council strategy group) and Nairn Ward Forum to press for improved access to health services through transport facilities and met with representatives of transport groups and providers in and around Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey and the Black Isle.
We conducted a survey with great help from RCOP Highland which enabled us to find out what the key issues are for local people. Read more about our survey, which you can access on-line here.
We’ve now established a charity, Wheels In Nairnshire, which has really helpful relationships with SIGNPOST, the Access Panel and LGOWIT and has received a small amount of start-up funding from Highland Council. We have a business plan which you can read here and are awaiting the result of funding applications to get started in the second half of 2019.