Electric buggy for Peterborough City Hospital patients

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Less mobile patients and hospital visitors will be able to get around more easily thanks to a new electric buggy.

The three-seater vehicle will be in use at Peterborough City Hospital from this week.

It will run from the main atrium and will be driven by specially-trained volunteers from the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust.

The buggy is modelled on the type of vehicle usually seen at airports and was built especially for the trust by Bradshaw Electric Vehicles. It was funded by the Friends of Peterborough Hospitals charity.

Assistant director of nursing and care quality Lesley Crosby said: “I would like to thank the Friends of Peterborough Hospitals for purchasing the vehicle for the trust. We decided to offer this service following feedback from some patients and visitors who were struggling to walk the distance between the main atrium and the outpatients department or the fracture clinic, for example.

“Not everyone wants to use a wheelchair, so we wanted to offer an alternative. We hope our patients will find it particularly beneficial.”

The trust is looking for more volunteer drivers to come forward.