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Transfer patients lose access to Liverpool Airport lounge

People told to wait in main terminal reception

People returning on patient transfer flights from Liverpool Airport will no longer have access to the private XLR lounge.

Throughout the pandemic returning residents have been able to use the facility following hospital treatment in the UK, to mitigate the risk of catching Covid-19.

Now, as private flights and UK travel is picking up, patients are being told to use the main terminal waiting area.

The Patient Transfer team has arranged to have a seating area set up though, with access to vending machines.

Patients can use this area before going to departures, where a patient transfer lounge will remain, funded by the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group charity.

Manx Care CEO Teresa Cope said: 'Firstly, I want to thank the operators at XLR for working with the team to help our patients over this period, as I am sure many have benefitted from use of the lounge.'

'The firm provided a welcome and useful option for our patients whilst the airport was subject to lockdown restrictions.'

'Now, as measures ease in the UK, our patients will be able to wait within the airport, before being able to go through to the dedicated patient lounge two hours before their flight.'

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