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Sometimes I feel living in a remote area of Ayrshire with that added barrier or benefit depending on how you view it, of an 11 mile stretch of water allows us to look outside the box when it comes to providing more local patient friendly services.
Patients who live on the island of Arran with a variety of cardiology conditions had to previously travel to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock on the mainland in order to have an appointment with their cardiologist, Dr Chong. This journey could also be particularly difficult for some of his patients not only because of the distance but due to the nature of their disease and chronic symptoms.
A typical journey for a patient to travel to Crosshouse by public transport could involve a 15-45 minute bus journey to the ferry followed by an hour’s ferry crossing. At Ardrossan, there…
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