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New hospital buggy helps mobility

Northampton General Hospital
Northampton General Hospital covers a large site

A replacement buggy has been given to a Northampton hospital to help visitors and patients with mobility difficulties get around the large site.

The 9,000 vehicle was donated by the Friends of Northampton Hospital.

The buggy service, run by volunteers was set up in December 2003, last year made more than 7,000 journeys carrying more than 10,000 passengers.

The old machine will be kept as a spare for use when needed, Sheila Baker, voluntary services manager, said.

"From one side of the hospital to the other is around a third of a mile (540m) , so the buggy is very much needed by many people to provide a safe and comfortable way of getting around.

"We are very grateful to the Rotary Clubs and friends for helping our volunteers to provide this valuable service."

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