THE BAYS HOSPITAL 15-03-2017

Community-minded volunteer drivers sought for home-to-health transport service.

The Bays Hospital wants to hear from full Victorian driving license holders who could spare a few hours a week to drive modern well-equipped cars to help others get to hospital.

While family and friends transport most patients to and from medical appointments, some have to rely on public transport, have limited mobility or are too unwell to drive themselves.

Our two patient transport vehicles, both donated by Mr Bernie Taylor of the Grand Hotel Mornington, are enabling nursing staff to be increasingly mobile and reach patients in the community to provide better care.

The vehicles provide an essential peninsula-wide service, allowing The Bays Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse and Breast Care Nurse to undertake counselling sessions and support to cancer patients in the comfort of their own home.

The Bays wishes to extend this vital home-to-health service further by introducing a volunteer patient transport program. Patient transport volunteers provide companionship and support to people who would otherwise find it difficult to attend medical appointments.

“The patient transport program is a lifeline for patients who have no other way of getting to and from our hospital. The program provides a safe and accessible mode of transport and a valuable community service.” said Director of Nursing, Anita Woods.

The Bays is currently seeking expressions of interest from volunteer drivers to donate their time to this free (to eligible patients) patient service. Volunteers have the option to work in the morning or the afternoon and can specify how often they volunteer.  On average, drivers would volunteer for one four-hour shift per week.

If you, or somebody that you know would like to become a patient transport volunteer, please call The Bays Volunteer Coordinator on 5970 5308 or email volunteer@thebays.com.au

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Media contact: Tanja Moye, Communications & Events Coordinator on 5970 5309 or tanjamoye@thebays.com.au