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Rural GPs help to pay for bus for patients

Dr Iain Mungall's rural practice is helping fund a bus service to bring patients to the village where the surgery is based.

Patients can use the weekly bus, even if they just want to go shopping or meet friends.

Dr Mungall, a GP in Bellingham, Northumberland, said the surgery covered 800 square miles and wanted to improve access.

He added: 'We have very poor transport links and we will be putting on a special surgery on Thursday mornings for people who come on this bus.'

The practice has put £1,000 towards the pilot project, jointly funded by Tynedale Rural Transport Partnership. Passengers will be charged low fares, which will be deducted from the £1,000.

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