If you have a mobility issue it can be a huge challenge to access Bournemouth’s largest vaccination centre at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).
However, a new buggy shuttle service has been introduced for those who have difficulty getting to the entrance.
Dorset HealthCare, which opened the vaccination service in the Purbeck Hall on 18 January, contacted BCP Council who have loaned six golf buggies to shuttle people from the bottom of the car park to the Purbeck Hall entrance where they check in for their jab.
The main front entrance to the BIC is closed and access to the vaccination centre is via a short service road with a bit of an incline to tackle on foot.
Cllr Nicola Greene, portfolio holder for COVID resilience, public health and education, said, “As our Queen’s Park golf course isn’t currently open these buggies were not in use. So we’re delighted to see them pressed into service to support some of our less mobile residents when they come to get their jab. It’s wonderful to see them enjoy their short trip up the hill!
“Responding to all aspects of this pandemic is a team effort and the council continues to work closely with NHS colleagues to provide the help our communities need.”
A full risk assessment has been done to ensure the shuttle service is safe, with buggies cleaned after every trip and drivers wearing additional PPE. Trained volunteer marshals from Community Action Network are operating the buggies as needed.
Council colleagues have advised on the operation and care of the vehicles and BIC staff have provided a parking area and charging points for the electric buggies.
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