posted this on facebook the other day and thought it was probably a good idea to tell people here too, in case some people who get hospital transport to stanmore missed it....
a word of warning to those who go to Stanmore hospital and get hospital transport- they've got a new criteria to see who qualifies. if you say you have a blue badge and you drive to your doctor (they ask a specific question about how you get to your doctor) then you dont qualify. in their eyes its irrelevant how far you can drive, or if someone drives you and cant take you to the appointment. i had to fight with her on the phone as i just cant drive far enough to get there. you'll need to get your physio or consultant to write a note on your file to state you have mitigating circumstances.... then you'll get transport. their new system is a tick box one...... if they tick that you've got the badge and get to the doctors by car then the system automatically refuses you and they cant alter it. b****y tick boxes.... hate them with a passion!!
my appointment is on tues so i had no chance to get my physio to add that note.... so i had to proper fight! i dont think she expected me to put up so much of a fight, i basically explained my symptoms in graphic detail (the ones that make driving hard) and what happens to them when i drive more than i comfortably can. and she asked me if i have any mobility problems... while i'd already stated i use a wheelchair so do they think we use them for fun? i told her i had 33 and would she like them all..... in a rather sarky tone. and it worked! she backed off and booked my transport!
just dont want anyone else getting the nasty shock that i did!