Cancer patients in Mayo who are attending Mayo General Hospital for chemotherapy treatment are being encouraged to avail of a free transport service which is available to bring them to and from their treatment. The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service offers patients transport to and from their hospital treatment with a view to alleviating some of the stress or difficulty experienced by cancer patients getting to their appointments.
The Volunteer Driver Service is open to cancer patients from Mayo who are attending Mayo University Hospital as well as Galway University Hospital and Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. The service is available free of charge to cancer patients.
Cancer patients may need to use the volunteer driver service for a number of reasons: they may have been advised not to drive by their doctor due to the aggressive nature of treatment, the patient may have no family in the immediate vicinity, or family and friends may be unable to take time off work to transport the patient to the hospital
Gail Flinter, patient travel and financial support manager at the Irish Cancer Society, said: “We want cancer patients in Mayo to know that this service is available to them free of charge and we encourage them to get in touch. Patients are often dealing with several concerns as a result of their cancer diagnosis. The volunteer driver service means they have one less thing to worry about. We want to highlight this service to cancer patients who might benefit from transportation assistance.
"Our volunteers are fully trained and ready to transport patients to their chemotherapy treatments so anyone who is interested in using the service should ask their social worker or oncology nurse in hospital for further details.”