Beatson transport service for Killearn and Balfron

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CANCER sufferers from Killearn and Balfron are going to benefit from a new free transport service to hospital appointments for radiotherapy treatment.

The ‘Rotarun’ scheme was introduced by the Rotary Club of Strathendrick after they discovered that many patients who need radiotherapy treatments at the Beatson Hospital or elsewhere have experienced difficulty with transport.

Allen Watson, from the Rotary Club, said: “With 
little public transport available from the area, patients have found that getting to and from their treatment can take the best part of a whole day, or they’ve had to perhaps impose on friends or relations and their cars more than one would wish.

“We hope to expand the service to cover patients from further afield, such as Drymen, Fintry and Buchlyvie, in the future.”

Rotarun is operated in conjunction with the medical centres in Killearn and Balfron.

Patients requiring transport to Glasgow (or Larbert) advise their GP when they receive an appointment letter for treatment.

Arrangements will then be made for a suitably-approved Rotarian driver to take the patient directly to his/her appointment by private car.

When the day’s treatment is finished, the patient will be returned home again.

Rotarun is a free service operated as a separate charity by the Rotary Club.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to support it can do so by contacting the Rotary Club of Strathendrick noting that their donation is specifically for ‘Rotarun’.