PDH Community Transport Beneficial To Our Community's Needs

Photo: Patricia Pevitt
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Monday, 4 September 2017
The idea of driving over potholes and dodging kangaroos and big trucks is a bit too much for Patricia Pevitt these days.

The idea of driving over potholes and dodging kangaroos and big trucks is a bit too much for Patricia Pevitt these days.

At 82 she wants to restrict her driving to the confines of Portland.

Luckily, Portland District Health’s community transport program allows that to happen as Patricia and her husband Desmond are able to reach all their out-of-town medical appointments without having to drive.

We've used the community transport car a couple of times and we're more than happy with the service, Patricia said.

I'm 82 and don't drive any long distances. We used to live at Nelson and the potholes, the kangaroos and the trucks were too much.

We've got a very good service through the hospital and we should use it.

Patricia and Desmond use the service to attend medical appointments in Warrnambool, Hamilton or even Melbourne and Geelong. Desmond has to regularly visit kidney specialists and ear, nose and throat experts.

Mrs Pevitt described the community transport service, manned by volunteers, as exceptional.

The last chap who took us was so nice; he helped me get in and out of the car, made my husband relax and drove well within the speed limit, she said.

The previous couple were lovely too; they took care of me like I was a family member.

It's a blessing to know they're there.

The PDH community transport service is operated by volunteers and helps local people to reach their medical appointments when they have no alternative transport.

Volunteer coordinator Trish Rawlings said good drivers and good communicators are needed for the service, including people able to drive long distances.

The service is also available locally to bring people to PDH and Active Health Portland.

 

Anyone wishing to utilise this convenient service or available to assist with community transport or to volunteer in other areas can contact Trish Rawlings on 55 221402.


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