Mandurah: St John Ambulance launches community patient transport service

L to R - Jill Grant (Patient), Brian Ridley (Volunteer Driver), Tony Ahern (St John Ambulance CEO), Alan Clyne (St John Ambulance General Manager of Community Transport Services) & Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d478476
L to R - Jill Grant (Patient), Brian Ridley (Volunteer Driver), Tony Ahern (St John Ambulance CEO), Alan Clyne (St John Ambulance General Manager of Community Transport Services) & Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d478476

ST JOHN Ambulance community transport service launched in Mandurah today to meet the need for cost-effective and care-appropriate services across the region.

St John Ambulance Patient Transfer Service general manager Alan Clyne said they identified a gap in the services available to people in Mandurah.

“The service provides non-emergency sedan transport for residents and involves a pick up from their home in the community transport vehicle, and travel to and from their medical appointments in Mandurah, Rockingham and the Perth metropolitan area,” he said.

“Our St John volunteers are able to provide not only transport, but also companionship to people for these medical appointments.

“Other benefits to the community include opportunities for volunteering and social connection, the provision of vehicles to community groups which supports community activities and a companion service to benefit carers of elderly people and people with disabilities.”

Peel Volunteer Resource Centre manager Vicki Pollard said the new service will be a great asset for the region.

“Transport is a big issue for many people in the Peel region, and the big drawcard that St John Ambulance’s community transport service offers is a door-to-door service where the drivers pick up the passengers from their homes, take them to their medical appointment and return them home afterwards,” she said.

“The service will be a blessing for people with limited transport options.”

The vehicle for this service will be based out of Mandurah and will be staffed by volunteer community transport attendants.

To book an appointment with the community transport service call 9334 1300.

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