The Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch is looking for more volunteer drivers to join its Community Patient Transport service.
The sub branch has held a contract with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) since 1998 to provide non-urgent medical transport to approved patients.
These patients would otherwise be unable to access their necessary medical care, as public transport options in the region are limited.
Patients are able to maintain an independent lifestyle and make their own transport requests through their GP, which avoids them having to be reliant on family or friends to help out.
Those that are approved to access the service by the QAS, are driven by volunteers to appointments across the region according to their needs.
Other patients, such as those who have higher medical needs or require transport by stretcher are transported by the QAS.
Volunteer drivers serve patients from as far south as Rathdowney and Barney View, as far north as Munruben and North and South Maclean, and places like Canungra, Boyland and Tamborine Mountain.
Destinations include all the major hospitals and specialist centres in Logan, Springfield, Brisbane, Ipswich, and the Gold Coast.
Not only does this arrangement provide a community service but the contract also helps the Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch in its core work of supporting the veteran community.
We are currently seeking new volunteer drivers to ensure the service can continue and enough new drivers to spread the load with existing drivers.
The more drivers we have on hand, the lighter the load on each individual.
Many drivers will tell us this is a very satisfying way to spend some of their spare time, just knowing they are providing an essential service to grateful patients who would otherwise be stranded without the care they need and deserve to access.
As the coordinator for this program I can earnestly say it is very rewarding to be involved with both the sub branch and the QAS Patient Transport Program.
There are also volunteers who come in to the office to help in various ways and their input is appreciated and welcomed.
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