Volunteers wanted to drive patients

A HEALTH trust is appealing for volunteers to help to transport patients.

The North East Ambulance Service runs an Ambulance Car Service Drivers scheme where volunteers use their own vehicles to help with the transportation of patients to and from hospitals and clinics, thereby leaving ambulances free for emergencies and for patients too ill to travel by car.

The trust, which provides service in Hartlepool and east Durham, has more than 150 volunteers helping out throughout the North East and although they are not paid for their time, they do receive out of pocket expenses for thier mileage.

The basic criteria needed to be considered as a volunteer driver are:

l Under 70 years of age;

l Physically and mentally fit;

l Be of good character and provide at least one character reference;

l Contactable by telephone and preferably possess a mobile phone;

l Ideally possess a full clean driving licence;

l Possess a suitable vehicle;

l Comply with the DVLA Group 2 driving regulations;

l Undergo a CRB check.

People can ring (0191) 4302037 or email acs@neas.nhs.uk for more information or to apply.