Student nurses in Stirling who have volunteered to assist the NHS during the Coronavirus outbreak will be given free transport to and from placements at local hospitals.
Transport charity Dial-A-Journey have offered their services to provide the free transport to nurses after being contacted by the Students’ Union.
The move came amid concerns that student nurses volunteering to help the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak were struggling to get to their shifts due to reduced bus and train times.
Lynn Maher, the Advocacy and Inclusion Development Coordinator for Stirling Students’ Union said:
“The Union sabbatical officers noticed that several student nurses posting on social media about how difficult it was to get to placement using public transport.
“We got in touch with Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) to see how they could help.
“They suggested that we contact Dial-A-Journey and within no time at all we had a solution to the problem. Nurses can now book a journey in advance to match their shift pattern which is great news.”
400 student nurses from Stirling have volunteered to work alongside NHS staff to help combat coronavirus. Their placements in hospitals began this week.
Dial-A-Journey usually provide the service for people with mobility issues but have offered the service to student nurses for free.
Heidi Anderson of Dial-A-Journey said: “When the Union got in touch, we were only too happy to help the students out.”
Dial-A-Journey have put in place safety measures when travelling to and from the hospitals.
Only nine nurses will be transported at any one time and two-metre distancing will be observed. The buses will also be sanitised and cleaned in between each journey to keep student nurses safe.
As well as this the nurses will bag their uniforms before getting on the bus and the sports centre has donated shoe covers to minimise transmission.
Natalie Masterson of Stirling Voluntary Enterprise added:
“When we were contacted by Stirling Students’ Union regarding some of the transport issues student nurses were struggling with, we knew there was an organisation that could possibly help.
“It was just a matter of making the connections and Dial-A-Journey have been fantastic at stepping up and giving their time.
“Finding local solutions to local issues is the best way to solve some of the problems that we are currently facing and its truly heart-warming to see so many positive examples of people working together to face this head on.”
SVE has offered support to local organisations that need help at this time. They can get in touch with SVE by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01786 430000.