Car scheme for patients needs helpers to sign up

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Volunteers are being sought to join a service which helps patients in South Yorkshire reach hospital appointments.

Under Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s volunteer car service, people give up some of their free time to collect and drive patients to outpatient and clinic appointments.

Currently more than 80 drivers are signed up to the scheme, covering more than 20,000 journeys each month, but the ambulance trusts want to increase the pool of helpers to 250.

Volunteers must be over 18 and have a full UK driving licence with no more than three penalty points.

They need to have access to a car with four or more doors. Training is provided and drivers’ mileage is reimbursed.

Jo Halliwell, associate director of the transport service, said: “Our volunteers covered over 500,000 miles last year, mainly in Yorkshire and the Humber but also including a handful of trips to Exeter, London, Guildford and Scotland – a truly amazing result and something that is greatly appreciated.”

n Visit www.yas.nhs.uk/Volunteering, call 01924 584019 or email PTSvolunteers@yas.nhs.uk for details.