Radiotherapy Car Scheme

 

UPDATE ON THE SERVICE...

 

Unfortunately we are unable to run the Radiotherapy Car Scheme at present. This is due partly to the Coronavirus and issues around safeguarding volunteers and services users in relation to social isolation, and partly due to our need to secure continuation funding for the Radiotherapy Car Scheme. Please check on our website regularly for updates and we hope to recommence this invaluable service as soon as the current situation and funding allows us to do so. 

 

Ashfield Voluntary Action ran a Radiotherapy Car Scheme in conjunction with Nottingham City Hospital for a number of years. In our area, all radiotherapy treatment is provided at Nottingham City Hospital. Some cancer patients requiring daily radiotherapy treatment were encountering significant problems in attending sessions, to the extent that some were actually refusing life-saving cancer treatment. The taxi fare to the hospital from the Ashfield area is around £40 a day and as patients usually need to attend five weeks of radiotherapy treatment on a daily basis, some simply could not afford to attend.

 

The hospital provides a non-emergency ambulance service for patients to attend appointments, but this can mean a wait of up to six hours, which can present a serious problem for cancer patients. Historically, Nottingham City Hospital identified patients (often with additional medical needs) who would particularly benefit from the service and AVA provided nominated patients with free transport to hospital approintments courtesy of our volunteer drivers. Sadly, we do not have the means to run this scheme at present, but continue to search for replacement funding.

 

Ted Brennen - one of our fabulous former volunteer drivers.

 

If we do manage to secure continuation funding, we will need volunteer drivers to help us run this invaluable scheme. Petrol expenses are paid and we ask for proof of appropriate insurance, references and a DBS check. If you are interested in pre-registering for the scheme as a future volunteer driver, or would like to know more about the scheme, please complete the simple enquiry form below or contact Sarah Taylor on 01623 555 551 or email s.taylor@ashfieldvoluntaryaction.org.uk  

 

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