Goondiwindi Meditrans is celebrating its second anniversary of providing patient centred care to the community.
Meditrans is a transport service available to rural patients who are eligible for the Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme and require specialist services in Toowoomba.
The service began providing transport for patients in Goondiwindi and has since expanded to cater for residents living in Yelarbon and Inglewood who are unable to meet the Meditrans team in Goondiwindi.
Goondiwindi Regional Council Coordinator Centre and Community Care Ms Sue Salisbury said the service began as a project collaboration between the Goondiwindi Regional Council, Darling Downs Health, Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network and Tait Toyota.
“We endeavoured to make the service accessible to our entire community,” Ms Salisbury said.
“There are over 100 clients using this service and the feedback has been very positive.
“One client expressed without this service their family would have had to relocate to Toowoomba.”
Darling Downs Health Clinical Redesign and Innovation Manager Ms Tess Wootton said the service means patients living in these rural towns can access the specialist care they need at the right place and in the right time.
“This service has enabled us to put our patients in these towns first, and provide them with patient centred care,” Ms Wootton said.
The transport service is driven by a team of volunteers.
“We have a wonderful team of caring, compassionate and capable volunteers driving this service. However, we are always on the lookout for more volunteers,” Ms Salisbury said.
If you require assistance to travel to specialist appointments in Toowoomba or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Coordinator Sue Salisbury on mobile 0436 668 763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org