Surgery Car Service in its fifth year thanks volunteers

Five years after its launch in 2013 the Surgery Car Scheme that serves people living on Manor Park and Hempstead Fields thanked its volunteers and loyal users with an afternoon tea at the Meads Medical Centre.

Ruby and Ann, both frequent users of the scheme, were there to enjoy a cup of tea and a cake or two and a chat with the volunteer drivers. They expressed their warm thanks for the service that the scheme provides which they have both found to be invaluable.

Jane Shepherd, a key volunteer who has been handling telephone calls for the service since it was introduced, was unable to be there but next day she was surprised to receive a lovely flower arrangement to thank her for her long standing commitment to the scheme.

Originally the service was introduced by the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association to help those patients that found they had problems getting to the Meads Surgery after it moved from nearby Grange Road across the town to Bell Farm Road.

The service was quickly extended to include the Birds Eye and Buxted surgeries and more recently for appointments at Uckfield Hospital. Residents of Shaftesbury Court, Streatfeild House and Manor House Court are also able to use the scheme.

Peter Oliver Homes, active supporters of the Residents’ Association’s work in the community, kindly helped sponsor the event and the Meads Surgery made its meeting room available for the event.

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 also like to thank Peter Oliver Estates and The Meads Surgery for their support in holding this event.”

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.