ON THE ROAD: Patient transfer services volunteer David Leng.
ON THE ROAD: Patient transfer services volunteer David Leng. Tobi Loftus

Mundubbera Hospital uses initiative

WITH regional hospitals missing out on about $2billion 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," 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.

"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."


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