Patient transport scheme needs more helpers to get patients to appointments

November 03 2015

VOLUNTEER car drivers are needed in South Gloucestershire to help take patients to and from medical appointments.

VOLUNTEER car drivers are needed in South Gloucestershire to help take patients to and from medical appointments.
The South Western Ambulance Service wants to expand its patient transport scheme in the district and is about to hold an information event in the hope of recruiting people with their own car and with a few spare hours a week.
Last year more than 100,000 patient journeys were completed throughout South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset under the scheme.
Spokesman Paul Crockett said: “Our volunteers play an important role in ensuring thousands of patients each month across the region get to their appointments on time.
“They are greatly appreciated by the many patients they help on a daily basis.”
The information session for South Gloucestershire will be held from 11am-1pm on Thursday, November 19, in St Michael’s Church Centre, The Old School Rooms, The Green, Stoke Gifford.
Existing volunteers will be there to talk about their role but anyone who can’t make it can get more information by emailing volunteer.drivers@swast.nhs.uk or calling 0300 369 0482.