No shoppers on hospital bus service

The Naas hospital bus service from West Kildare is to be dedicated solely to patients attending the hospital and not those on shopping trips.

The Naas hospital bus service from West Kildare is to be dedicated solely to patients attending the hospital and not those on shopping trips.

A statement issued by the service providers stated: “The Board of Directors of Offaly & Kildare Community Transport are pleased to announce a review of service provision in regard to its Wednesday service to Naas Hospital. As and from the 31 October 2012 this service has become a dedicated hospital service with the return journey commencing as soon as the last passenger has concluded their business in the Warfarin Clinic.

“This service provides transport for people living in the Rathangan, Carbury, Allenwood, Robertstown, Timahoe, Prosperous, Clane, and Donore areas, who have a need to attend the clinic.”

O.K. Community Transport said it has a range of other services to cater for those who wish to shop in Naas or Newbridge. The reason behind the change is that those who went shopping often returned late leaving the patients waiting for some time. This lead to the number of people using the Warfarin clinic run to drop.

The return fare for the trip is €4 and those who have a free travel pass travel without charge. The service operates on a door to door basis with passengers being collected and delivered to their homes. Those who are interested in travelling should contact O.K. Community Transport before 3.30pm on Tuesdays. OK Transport operates on a not for profit basis and has charitable status. This service arrives at the hospital at approximately 10.30am each Wednesday morning.

- Niamh O’Donoghue