New Royal Rider service

The new Royal Rider, Chesterfield Royal Hospital's new visitor and patient transport service run by volunteers
The new Royal Rider, Chesterfield Royal Hospital's new visitor and patient transport service run by volunteers
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Visitors to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, who struggle with their mobility, will be able to get around with ease - thanks to the launch of the hospital’s new Royal Rider service.

The hospital’s charitable trust has recently invested in two buggies which will be used to transport hospital visitors anywhere on the ground floor.

The riders will be driven by volunteers and can be called for at the main reception or ‘hailed’ around the hospital.

Richard Ball, the Royal’s voluntary services manager, said: “It’s not always possible or appropriate for an individual to use a wheelchair so the purpose of the Royal Rider is to help anybody who comes into this hospital with mobility problems to get around the building much more easily.

“It’s a big building and a good ten minute walk for some to get to our inpatient wards on the other side of the hospital. The Royal Rider can go anywhere on the ground floor which means that even if we get these individuals to the lifts, they’ll be just a few yards away from wherever it is they need to be.”

Running on electricity, the two buggies, which will be used on alternate days, are fitted with bells and flashing lights and are free to use.