Patient transport driver Peter Darke and escort nurse Luke Mathews transfer patient Mehmet Olmez to the new vehicle.
Patient transport driver Peter Darke and escort nurse Luke Mathews transfer patient Mehmet Olmez to the new vehicle. Alistair Brightman

New van has arrived to relieve pressure on ambos

THE arrival of a new patient transport vehicle on the Fraser Coast is expected to ease pressure on ambulances, create two new jobs and save local hospitals $400,000 yearly.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services manager of operational and support services David Brown said it would take some of the pressure off the ambulance service.

He said 857 patients who did not need ambulance services were moved between Fraser Coast hospitals last year.

The savings would come from transporting patients with the bus.

WBHHS acting chief operating officer Stephen Bell said the money saved would go towards creating two new nurse positions within the Hospital and Home program.

He said it would also go towards improving ultrasound and radiology services in the region.

Those were additional to the obvious patient benefits, he said.

"It will be timelier for patients; in other words they will be able to be transported more effectively and efficiently, and there will be less waiting," Mr Bell said.

The service would cost WBHHS about $45,000 a year to operate.



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