Jim Collins – patient transport

Jim volunteers as a patient driver at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem hospital. Bethlehem provides palliative care and specialist care for those with progressive neurological disease.


What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?

What I enjoy most is the interaction with patients and their carers learning about their life experiences and how they manage their conditions. I also enjoy meeting up with the other volunteers and hearing about their experiences. There is also a very warm and welcoming environment in the day centre and it is a pleasure to work with the dedicated Bethlehem staff.

How did you come to Volunteer at Bethlehem?

When I retired I always had in mind that I would like to do some volunteer work of some kind. I quite enjoy driving so I thought a volunteer driving role at a hospital would be rewarding. It so happens that a friend of mine is the chair-person of your Community Advisory Council and he mentioned that Bethlehem were looking for volunteer drivers. So I contacted Bethlehem and registered as a volunteer. I started as a volunteer in the Quality & Safety Dept and then also started driving palliative care patients to the day centre on a Wednesday.

What is your best memory of your time volunteering at Bethlehem?

I don’t have any one specific memorable experience as such. When I first started driving and learning the routine the patients had great fun in giving me directions and de-stressing the situation. The numerous appreciative comments from patients are always memorable. One of the bonuses of now being at Parkdale is that we can drive back to the city along beach road and take in the scenery which the patients really enjoy.

What would you say to someone contemplating volunteering at Bethlehem?

For someone contemplating volunteering at Bethlehem I would say that they will find a supportive environment with volunteer resources developed to make your role relevant and enjoyable. You will also have the opportunity to work with the skilled and dedicated staff and also share your experiences with other volunteers.

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