The Leukaemia Foundation provides patients and their families with courtesy transport to and from treatment. During treatment, a patient's immune system is severely weakened, so catching public transport can be dangerous due to possible infections.
The patient transport program commenced in December 1999 as a result of generous sponsorship from Bridgestone Tyre Centres, Holden and the Peter Brock Foundation. Since that time, a team of dedicated, trained volunteers have driven patients to and from their medical, outpatient and other specialist appointments.
This service is specifically designed to relieve the pressure faced by patients who are transport disadvantaged. That is, if patients have limited private transport options, such as the carer in the family having to return to work. It also ensures patients arrive at appointments safely and on-time, as well as providing a friendly kind face to greet patients.
Transport support in your area
The transport program services major treatment centres in metropolitan and regional areas.
We may also be able to assist with alternative transport for patients needing transport from regional or rural areas.
Who can use the transport program?
Transport is available for all patients needing to get to and from treatment, however priority will be given to people who are:
- transport disadvantaged
- continuing frequent treatments after bone marrow transplants
- have low blood counts ie at a higher risk of infection
- are undergoing active treatment
- undergoing supportive therapies eg blood transfusions
- require admission or day investigations
Our staff discuss the criteria and patients' physical suitability for the service prior to each transport booking.
The transport program usually runs between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
To book the patient transport program, please freecall 1800 620 420. A minimum of 24 hours notice must be given and if patients are unable to attend an appointment please notify us as soon as possible. This service is free of charge.
If a transport booking will include children, please discuss this with us. Children under 18 must travel accompanied by an adult responsible for their care.