Highlands & Islands

NHS Highland action promised over pensioner payments

NHS Highland has said it will act as some pensioners in Kintyre are paying large proportions of their weekly state pension for transport to and from hospital appointments.

Residents are asked to pay if they need to go to a Glasgow or Oban appointment.

The charges are applied when a patient has been assessed, via a telephone booking system, as not qualifying for NHS transport.

Costs can be claimed back a month later.

Argyll MP Alan Reid said it appeared some of the patients did not need to travel out of Kintyre as they could be dealt with at Campbeltown Hospital, but if they have to travel they should not be left out of pocket for weeks while their travel claim is dealt with by NHS Highland.

An NHS Highland spokesman said they were aware that the arrangement was not ideal and were working to find a solution.

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