Electric shuttle bus at Caboolture a win for patients and planet
Nov 11, 2020
Patients at Caboolture Private Hospital are travelling in style thanks to the purchase of a new and more environmentally friendly electric shuttle bus.
Caboolture Private’s main carpark was recently moved because the neighbouring Caboolture Public Hospital is undergoing significant renovations.
With private patients now needing to park approximately 400 metres away, Ramsay Health Care wanted to offer them a practical and sustainable solution for getting to hospital.
Caboolture Private Hospital’s Commercial Manager Karen Steen said patients and staff love the new electric shuttle bus service.
“The relocation of our carpark could have made things very difficult for our patients and doctors, but this new shuttle bus means we’re offering them a concierge experience and they’re entering our hospital with a smile on their face,’ Ms Steen said.
“We’re getting such great feedback, the bus is lovely and in Ramsay blue of course! Our shuttle drivers often overhear patients saying ‘we feel like we’re on holidays’.”
“Patients also love the fact that once they have been dropped at the hospital they can simply advise our receptionist that they’re ready to return to their cars and the shuttle will come pick them up.”
A team of four highly experienced customer service officers operate the bus and say they love taking turns to be the shuttle driver.
The vehicle is fully electric and plugs into a standard power point to charge overnight.
Ramsay Health Care’s National Environment Manager Sue Panuccio said the decision to purchase an electric vehicle for Caboolture Private Hospital was part of the organisation’s commitment to reduce its environmental footprint.
“Electric vehicles produce zero greenhouse gas emissions and that’s a huge boost for air quality,” Ms Panuccio said.
“Across Ramsay Australia we have more than 150 cars, buses, utes and vans so, given the success of Caboolture Private’s electric shuttle bus, we believe there is a great opportunity to switch to more electric vehicles across our fleet in the future.”