SECAmb secures Surrey patient transport service contract
As part of a joint procurement NHS Surrey and
Surrey County Council have awarded a new three year contract to
provide non-emergency transport for patients to South East Coast
Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb). This includes out
of area and out of hours journeys.
The new deal will also save taxpayers more
than £620,000 a year.
Geraint Davies, Director of Commercial
Services at SECAmb, said:
“The new contract is fantastic news for the
patients we will be serving and SECAmb. We are now looking forward
to establishing the new service on 1 October as we seek to develop
and enhance it in collaboration with patients and
Michael Gosling, Surrey County Council's
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said:
“Value for money is at the heart of everything
the council does and this new contract gives patients a better
service while also managing to save taxpayers more than £620,000 a
year. By finding ways of doing things more efficiently and through
working as one team with other organisations, we're ensuring
taxpayers’ money goes further while continuing to provide excellent
services to the people of Surrey.
In addition a new booking system will make it
simpler for patients to book their transport. All bookings will be
taken by the Surrey County Council Call Booking Service. This will
help improve the booking experience, the consistency of call
handling and make it easier to monitor the service across Surrey.
For NHS patients the new booking service will mean a ‘one stop
shop’ for first appointments; patients who are not eligible for
free transport will be helped and signposted to alternative
community, local and voluntary transport services.
Ali Kalmis, Director Lead for Patient
Transport Services at NHS Surrey, said: “An improved service for
patients and associated cost savings will be the result of the
partnership work between NHS Surrey and Surrey County
Council. Full stakeholder involvement including NHS
healthcare providers, patients and adult day centre clients,
commercial and community transport operators throughout has helped
shape the new service”.
Also as part of the procurement, multiple
contracts have been awarded to private and community transport
suppliers to provide transport for Surrey County Council day
services and residential homes.