Green Light to make the Broomfield Hopper bus permanent

THE ‘Broomfield Hopper’ free bus service has been given the green light to carry on after proving a great success with patients and visitors.

The ‘Hopper’ was introduced in late March for a trial period, following feedback from patients about the difficulty in getting to some of the clinical locations.

Chief executive of mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust Malcolm Stamp said: “I am delighted that the ‘Broomfield Hopper’ has made a difference to some patients and visitors who were finding it difficult to get around the site since we opened the new Hospital wing. As a result of this feedback we have decided to make it a permanent service.

“The only change to the service will be that a new vehicle will be introduced that is able to accommodate wheelchair access.”

The ‘Broomfield Hopper’ runs from 8.30am to 6.00pm five days a week around the Broomfield Hospital site, also stopping at the Linden and Crystal centres and Farleigh Hospice.