This is a voluntary group set up in 2003, and its function is to provide transport for anyone who is a patient at the village surgery, to hospital or surgery appointments. Prescription drugs can also be delivered for those unable to get to the surgery.
A group of drivers offer their time to do this whenever they are asked. If a driver is unable to do a journey, then our Co-ordinator will ask another volunteer.
Members of the scheme pay £3 per person per year to belong to Friends of the Surgery, and also pay set charges for whichever journey is needed. Our rates are much cheaper than hospital cars or taxis, so we are a much appreciated service in the village.
We charge the user of the service £9 for a return journey to the R D and E hospital in Exeter (provided that the appointment does not last for more than 2 hours).
For Exmouth Hospital, the charge is £4 return, and £2 for journeys to the surgery and prescription deliveries. Members requesting these services ring Underhill Surgery.
Drivers claim for their expenses and are reimbursed by our Treasurer on a monthly basis.
There is always a need for MORE volunteer drivers, as the DEMAND in the village OUTSTRIPS the response we are able to offer!
If you can spare any time to contribute to this voluntary scheme, please contact the surgery (01395 265797) for further information. Your services will be very much appreciated, and it will not necessarily take very much of your time.