Hospi­tal uses ini­tia­tive

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

WITH re­gional hos­pi­tals miss­ing out on about $2 bil­lion worth of fund­ing, health ser­vices need to be cre­ative in how they help their pa­tients.

Mun­dub­bera Hospi­tal op­er­ates pa­tient trans­fer ser­vices for pa­tients in need that is five times cheaper than trans­fer­ring pa­tients by am­bu­lance.

Lo­cal res­i­dent David Leng vol­un­teers as a driver for the ser­vice.

“It’s a won­der­ful ser­vice the hospi­tal and ve­hi­cle sup­ply,” Mr Leng said.

“It’s used at least 2–3 times a week if not more.

“With­out it these pa­tients would have to en­dure a trip to Bund­aberg with the bus and that’s not very com­fort­able for peo­ple who are med­i­cally in a bad way.”

Mr Leng said it was by far the eas­i­est way for pa­tients to get to ap­point­ments.

“Some­times we take them in and find the spe­cial­ists or where the ser­vices are per­formed,” Mr Leng said.

“Some­times they are anx­ious in their present state, and we give them the sup­port that we can pro­vide.

“We wait and when they are happy with their lo­ca­tion, I stay and wait with them if they want, or I go off and have a cup of cof­fee and leave my num­ber at the re­cep­tion and call me when they are done.

“We then trans­fer them back to their res­i­dence.”

Mr Leng said the pa­tients who used the ser­vice were very grate­ful.

“The pa­tients are ab­so­lutely so grate­ful for the ser­vice we pro­vide and some of them can’t get their head around the fact that there are five or six driv­ers in the Mun­dub­bera area happy to give up their day to take them to their ap­point­ment and care for them,” he said.

The pa­tients are ab­so­lutely so grate­ful for the ser­vice we pro­vide and some of them can’t get their head around the fact that there are five or six driv­ers in the Mun­dub­bera area happy to give up their day to take them to their ap­point­ment and care for them.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

LIFT­ING SPIR­ITS: North Bur­nett Vol­un­teer of the Year David Leng.

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