Kildare people asked to volunteer bringing cancer patients to hospital appointments

Volunteer drivers needed

Justin Kelly

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Kildare people asked volunteer bringing cancer patients to hospital appointments

Kildare people asked volunteer bringing cancer patients to hospital appointments

The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteer drivers in Kildare to collect cancer patients from their homes and drive them to their chemotherapy appointments in Dublin, as part of the Society’s Volunteer Driver Service.

This free transport service is available to cancer patients in Kildare who are undergoing chemotherapy in the Mater, Tallaght, St. Vincent’s and St James’s hospitals.

Gail Flinter, Patient Travel and Financial Support Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said, “The Volunteer Driver Service allows cancer patients to access free transport to and from their chemotherapy treatments, removing the worry, difficulty and financial burden of travelling at an already stressful time. This is a door to door service with local drivers driving local patients to and from their treatments.

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Gail Flinter concluded, “We have a fantastic network of volunteer drivers around the country who receive ongoing training and support but in order to run the service for chemotherapy patients in Kildare who are travelling to appointments in Tullamore and Dublin hospitals, we really need more drivers. I would appeal to anyone in the area who has a couple of week days free a month to get in touch. You will become part of a remarkable team of volunteers, without whom this valuable service simply could not function.”

The Volunteer Driver Service is completely free to the patient and drivers are paid a contribution towards their fuel, all road toll costs and some refreshments during the day. Volunteer drivers are usually booked for one or two drives per month so the time commitment required is not too great however these are full days.

Patients undergoing chemotherapy who would like to avail of the service or who would like further information can contact their hospital healthcare professional to refer them to the service. Alternatively they can contact the Volunteer Driver Service team on 01 2310594/ transport@irishcancer.ie or visit www.cancer.ie

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is now available in 24 hospitals nationwide. In 2017 the Society’s 1,217 drivers brought 1,345 patients to and from 12,156 appointments, covering more than 1.2 million kilometres in 2017 alone. Now in its tenth year, the demand for the service continues to grow.