Following a public meeting in March of this year at Newton Mearns Baptist Church about travel to the New South Glasgow Hospitals, formerly the Southern General, the East Ren Greens made the following statement:
“The East Ren Greens are planning an event to draw attention to the difficulties of getting to the new hospitals via public transport and we’ll let you know what form that will take when we have a firmer timetable – we’ll be joining up with our members in Renfrewshire and Glasgow and we hope to make a real improvement to the services available.”
Getting to the New South Glasgow Hospitals
To make good on this promise, the East Ren and Glasgow Southside branches of The Scottish Greens are planning a day of travel to the New South Glasgow Hospitals via public transport and are making a call to staff, visitors, and patients to record their travel to the new hospitals.
Ciaran Roarty, West of Scotland List Candidate, of the East Ren Greens notes, “The impact on people travelling to the new hospitals has largely been ignored. From a meeting in March of this year we have seen no improvement in service from large areas of Glasgow and East Renfrewshire.”
“We hope to collate qualitative data about the difficulty of getting to the new hospitals via public transport and we will kickstart this effort through a day of travel to the new hospitals – starting at postcodes identified from our initial research and recording journey times to the hospitals, costs of tickets, the number of different tickets required, and the waits between services.”
The day of travel will see Scottish Greens attempt to reach the New South Glasgow Hospitals on Saturday, 11th July for ‘appointment times’ between 10:00am and 12:00pm. This will not be a mass arrival at the hospitals and it will ensure that there is no impact on the operations of the hospitals; people will take public transport to the hospital then leave.
Fiona Clark, West of Scotland List Candidate, comments, “Feedback on journeys should be sent to us via email firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook page, twitter account, or on the blog. We are looking for details of staff, visitor, and patient journeys and we are also keen to hear from staff who cannot currently make the journey via public transport to understand the problems they have encountered.”