Health Link Bus expands to take in new city

At the official launch of the Kerry-Limerick Health Link Bus service were, Josephine Earls, Operational Manager, Cancer Services Business Unit, UHL; Breda Dyland, Manager Kerry Cancer Support Group; Trish Kelly, Kerry Cancer Support Group; Ann Harnett, Radiotherapy Centre Manager, Mater Private Limerick; Des O’Halloran Kerry Cancer Support Group; Marie Claire O’Toole, Radiotherapy Services Manager, Mater Private Limerick, Dan Horan, Kerry Cancer Support Group; Patrick King, Lisselton and Mazen  el Bassiouni, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Mater Private Limerick with, at back, Chris Robbins, Paudie Collins and Mark Collins, Kerry Cancer Support Group

IT has been providing a truly wonderful service to patients travelling from Kerry to hospitals in Cork for the past nine years and now the Kerry Cancer Support Group is ready to launch a new health link bus service to Limerick.

It has been piloted for the past year and the service is now ready to go on the road with a new bus dedicated to the service.

The route starts in St Brendan’s Church in Tralee and serves north Kerry and parts of west Limerick. It is hoped that the service will operate on a very similar basis to that operating to Cork University Hospital.

Checking out the new bus were, from left, Mazen  el Bassiouni, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Mater Private Limerick, Patrick King Lisselton and Mark Collins, Kerry Cancer Support Group.
Pictures: Alan Place

The new route will be run with full co-operation from the Mater Private Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre.

Kerry Cancer Support Group Manager, Breda Dyland, remarked: “This is a great opportunity to develop the service, after researching what our service users need. We know from our Cork service that we can provide what our users need on a daily basis”.

She added: “After consulting with our members, our trustees and the Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre, we are now taking this important step forward to enhance our position and help prepare our service users and the region for the next decade”.

Ann Harnett, Manager of the Mid-Western Radiation Oncology Centre, said getting to the centre for treatment presents a significant challenge to some patients and they are delighted to support this initiative which will benefit patients and their families

The Kerry Cancer Support Group is dedicated to providing the best quality service to users, providing dedicated drivers on its routes so that service users have a real sense of security

To book a seat on either service or for more information call 066-7195560.

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