Tufts Medical Center fears Orange Line closure will affect patient access – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) — Tufts Medical Center is concerned about the impact of the 30-day Orange Line shutdown on patients.

The Hospital Orange Line stop was one of the stops left without shuttle service in the MBTA’s initial detour plans.

On Thursday, the MBTA said it would add additional shuttle service to the hospital as well as an additional Silver Line stop in nearby Chinatown.

“We think adding shuttles will help staff,” Tufts Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Diana Richardson said.

Richardson said the hospital is always concerned about patient access, especially since the extra shuttles aren’t running at times when patients typically come to Tufts for outpatient care.

Richardson said if the area experiences traffic jams, the hospital will work with the city and law enforcement to make sure patients can get the care they need. Richardson said the hospital encourages patients to call their doctor to work with them to find options for accessing care.

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