Last year I did the full course of 12 sessions for COPD Rehabilitation. It was an absolutely super course and we were promised that in a year we could all come back to see how we had done which we were all pleased about as it was so nice to be with other people who have COPD. I learnt so much and have really tried to stick to all the things that would help me with my lung disease. Also I was taken by hospital car to the hall by volunteer drivers. There are no buses going to the hall which is about 15 miles away and as I am early 60s could not ask any of my friends and family to take me as they all work and that was quite a commitment. Just recently I was invited back to do the course again if I wanted to and I thought it would be a good idea. I rang transport as instructed and was asked by them could I walk around my house unaided, could I walk to the transport car and was I in a wheelchair?? I answered truthfully and because I can walk around my house and I am not in the wheelchair I cannot have transport to my course. They gave me the number of a taxi service that could do it for 50p a mile. I rang this to be told the chap who did this had died and they could not find anybody else to do the run anyway. If I had of found a 50p a mile taxi, I worked out to do the course again would cost me 180.00. I am not yet a paid pensioner, again thanks to Government cut backs and I do not draw any Benefits although I cannot work because of my condition but it is not bad enough to get financial help. I am writing this because not only for myself but for the other people who would like to do a similar course and rely on hospital transport. COPD makes you breathless tired and is not a nice thing to have but because we do not have to be wheeled about the Government have now cut back on our transport. All the other ladies on my course also came by hospital taxi I bet they do not know what to do either. Its so unfair I would expect that the course will find it hard to find people now to fill the places and the ones who do not attend and try and help themselves will suffer. Sorry for the rant!!
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