Cancer Connect is managed by Local Link Cork, a non profit, independent company that co-ordinates transport for County Cork.
Cancer Connect has been in operation since 2011. Cancer Connect is a free, flexible and confidential service, that runs five days a week to Cork hospitals. The service is operated entirely by volunteer drivers.
During this short period of time the service has grown considerably and is now firmly established as a vital support for the many people who avail of the services to get to the Cork Hospitals for either Radiotherapy or Chemotherapy treatment. To date, over 11,500 passenger journeys have been recorded.
The key to the service are the many people who volunteer and drive the vehicles for free to Cork. The commitment is usually to be available to drive one day in the month if possible.
Our service run five days a week for every week.
The radiotherapy service normally leaves Skibbereen and Bantry areas* each morning at 10.00amand returns each afternoon. The hospital accommodates those people travelling with Cancer Connect to be seen each day between 12.00 noon and 1.30pm for Radiotherapy Treatment.
* ‘Skibbereen Area’ represents an area from Goleen to Innishannon and areas in between; * ‘Bantry Area’ covers Eyeries to Dunmanway and areas in between.
This is significant, as the appointments are scheduled for the same time each day, thus alleviating the challenge of having to make different appointment times for each day travelling.
We provide flexible appointments to cater for varying visits.
People requiring Chemotherapy, or related treatments such as Doctor’s Appointments, Scans, Blood Tests etc. are taken to Cork by car as their appointments can vary and may necessitate a number of visits, often to different hospital locations, within the one trip.
Once again, the vehicles are driven by people on a voluntary basis.
Cancer Connect is totally dependent on voluntary contributions and donations.
To this end, Cancer Connect is indebted to the many people who are supporting the project since its inception. As the demand for the service grows so too will the need for further fundraising to offset the costs of operations and fuel, etc.
Planning ahead to deal with increase in service demand.
The fact that the service has grown so quickly over the past few years demonstrates the need for such a service.
A number of significant developments are planned over the coming year which should help to consolidate the service and make it easier for those travelling as well as for the voluntary drivers. For instance, the services will be extended further to include the Macroom area as well.
Further expansion of the services is also being considered into 2016.
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