Selfless acts travel a long way

Do you have a driver’s licence and enjoy driving and meeting new people? This could be something for you!

Volunteers are needed to work as Mount Druitt Hospital Patient Transport drivers or assistants for one day or more each week.

Opportunities are also available for administrative roles who work in the office taking calls from patients and coordinating the drivers for their routes.

Mount Druitt Hospital volunteer driver Dianne Robinson enjoys the early morning starts getting on the road and helping people travel from one destination to another.

“At first this job was a challenge but now I really love it,” Dianne said.

“My friends think I’m mad driving a 12-seater bus daily in and out of the busy traffic. It really doesn’t worry me.

“I encourage people who have some spare time to join us because you will feel like you’re giving something back to the community and you never know when you’re older you may be in a situation where you need someone to pick you up and take them to the doctors,” said Dianne.

The Patient Transport Service carts people in the mornings and returns them home by 1.30pm each weekday.

On average, 12 people travel to and from appointments each day. The service has four buses which travel as far as Westmead, Parramatta, Doonside and Mount Druitt driving people to their medical appointments which can include public or private dental, x-ray and radiation oncology appointments.

Patient Transport Volunteer driver of 11 years Dennis Huet wants more assistants on the buses to help the drivers assist patients on and off the bus.

“We need people who can be our off-siders who can open and close the doors and buckle up the patients in their seats,” Dennis said.

“It’s a great opportunity to have some fun and make a big difference in people’s days.”

The Patient Transport Volunteer Service started in 1984 providing free patient and carer transport to and from medical appointments within the Western Sydney Local Health District boundaries.

For enquiries about the Patient Transport Service or interested in being a driver or escort call 9881 1536.