The work of volunteer drivers, who give their time to ferry patients to and from doctors surgeries in Uckfield, was recognised at a special event recently.
Peter Oliver Homes helped sponsor tea and cake while a meeting room was made available at the Meads Surgery for a gathering to mark five years since the surgery car service was set up.
It was founded by the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association with the aim of helping people who had problems getting to the Meads Surgery after it moved from nearby Grange Road across town to Bell Farm Road.
It was quickly extended to include the Bird-in-Eye and Buxted surgeries, and more recently appointments at Uckfield Hospital.
Residents of the Shaftesbury Court, Streatfeild House and Manor House Court are also able to use the scheme.
Two frequent users of the car scheme Ruby and Ann joined the volunteers for tea and cake and thanked them for their help. They said the scheme was invaluable.
Paul Sparks, chairman of the residents’ association said: ““This was a lovely event to thank all our wonderful volunteers for making the surgery car service such a success.
“It was also good to have some of our users there for them to explain how helpful the service has been to them.
“I would like to thank Peter Oliver Estates and The Meads Surgery for their support in holding this event.”
Jane Shepherd, a key volunteer who has been handling telephone calls for the service since it was introduced, was unable to attend but the next day she was surprised with a flower arrangement as thanks for her for her long-standing commitment to the scheme.
• The Surgery Car Service can be contacted by calling 01825 578006. The cost of a return trip to the local GP surgeries or Uckfield Hospital appointment remains at just £3.50. The volunteer drivers, who are all DBS checked, are happy to wait for their passengers.
• The service is available to anyone living on Manor Park, Hempstead Fields, Shaftesbury Court, Streatfield House and Manor House Court.