Hospital travel scheme seeks West Norfolk volunteer drivers

GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn

GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn

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Volunteers in West Norfolk are being urged to sign up and help a programme which takes hospital patients to and from medical appointments.

Car Link, the partnership between specialist patient transport firm ERS Medical and Voluntary Norfolk, is looking to recruit and welcome new volunteer drivers from across the county.

The scheme held a recruitment event in the Swaffham library on Saturday morning.

And a similar session will be held at the Gaywood Library on Tuesday, November 10, between 9.45am and 12.45pm.

The programme’s volunteers currently take more than 100 patients to hospital appointments across Norfolk every day, including at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

They also take patients to other sites, including Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and facilities in London.

But officials say demand for the service is continuing to grow and they need more drivers to help maintain the programme.

Jules Alderson, volunteer co-ordinator for Voluntary Norfolk, said: “We appreciate we are very lucky to have such a dedicated group of drivers who give up so much of their free time to help others at their time of need.

“We are incredibly grateful for their support, and would love to welcome new drivers to the scheme, so we can continue to make sure all our patients receive the excellent level of care and support they rightly expect.”

Would-be recruits should have their own vehicle and be able to dedicate at least half a day a week to the programme.

Training is provided and all volunteers’ expenses are reimbursed.

For more informationabout the programme, email jules.alderson@voluntarynorfolk.org.uk or phone 01603 883860.