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Goondiwindi patient transport service calls for help

Goondiwindi Regional Council has issued a call for help to continue an essential local patient transport service.

Goondiwindi’s Meditrans service transports patients to specialist healthcare appointments in Toowoomba. The service, established in 2017, is totally reliant upon volunteers – without them, the service would simply not be possible, Council said in a statement today.

“Now in its fifth year of service, local demand for the service has increased significantly over the years,” the Council said.

“With more patients needing transport than ever before – currently up to 35 each month – plus COVID-19 challenges and some of our regular volunteers being away, Meditrans desperately needs more volunteers to ensure local patients can access the healthcare they need.

“It would be devastating to so many if Goondiwindi were to lose this vital service.”

Goondiwindi Regional Council’s Cr Phil O’Shea, who holds the portfolio for Health, has applauded the current volunteers for all they do in the local community.

“I want to thank and commend everyone who gives their time to drive for Meditrans to ensure local people can access the healthcare they need,” he said.

“I also want to strongly encourage other residents to consider taking part in this wonderful initiative to help out our neighbours.”

Meditrans is funded by the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network LTD and the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, and is administered through Council.

Can you help by volunteering just 5 days a year?

Do you have an open driver’s licence and could give as little as one day every few months? Contact Sue Salisbury on 0436 668 763.

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