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NEE CCG helps fund Hospital Hopper

A COMMUNITY bus service which helps people attend hospital appointments throughout the area has received £20,000 in funding from the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEE CCG).

Pictured: Hospital Hopper driver Harvey Cohen.

The transport scheme offers residents of all ages across parts of north east Essex a wheelchair accessible door-to-door service.

Last year (2017/2018), the Tendring Community Transport - a charity which includes the Hospital Hopper, Dial-a-Ride and Community Transport for Groups services - completed 145,709 journeys.

The Hospital Hopper regularly picks people up from Holland-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Great Clacton, Little Clacton, St. Osyth, Gt. Bentley Village Hall and Colchester before dropping them off at the hospital they require.

The Tendring Hospital Hopper - which is free for those with a concessionary bus pass after 09:00am - operates from Monday to Sunday, with the last bus leaving Colchester General Hospital at 20:20pm (Monday – Friday) and 17:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

“Funding for services such as the Tendring Community Transport and with it the Hospital Hopper is vital if we are to help the residents of north east Essex attend hospital appointments,” said Chris Howlett, Programme Director for NEE CCG.

“Access to affordable and reliable transport services is particularly important for people who live in rural communities and for those who are less mobile or with a disability. Consequently the CCG will continue to work with local authorities, Essex County Council and the voluntary sector to find ways of improving transport services for our patients and their families.”                                                                  

Pauline Mann, CEO at Tendring Community Transport, said: “The funding is great news. It means the hopper service, which is heavily relied upon by Tendring residents, can continue for another year.

“I am grateful for the support we received in securing this funding from Tendring District Council, Community Voluntary Services Tendring and the North East Essex Health Forum.”

For more information please visit http://dial-a-ride.org/colchester-hospital-hopper

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NOTE TO EDITORS

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEE CCG):

The NEE CCG was formally established on 1 April 2013. The CCG is a clinically led organisation which comprises 40 GP practices across Colchester and Tendring.

It is responsible for commissioning most health services for the people of North East Essex, including hospital care, community health services, mental health services, learning disability services and urgent and emergency care, excluding primary care.

Media enquiries: For more information please contact the CCG Communications team on (01206) 918653 or email NEECCG.comms@nhs.net.