BATHURST'S radiation bus is still operational and taking patients to Orange, albeit under a new running model.
Since it's inception, the bus, which takes cancer patients from Bathurst to Orange Health Service for treatment, has been powered by a base of 32 volunteers.
However, earlier this month, Bathurst Community transport had to revise the operating model, to ensure any potential coronavirus risks to those using the service, were mitigated.
Instead, just one driver has been assigned to the program.
"Bathurst Community Transport has initiated extremely tight protocols to reduce any risk to those using the bus and the driver," she said.
"All clients using the bus are assessed by staff at Daffodil Cottage before they get on, and because we are only transporting three people at the moment, they are all spread out across the bus, so there is plenty of room between everyone.
"Once they get to Orange they are again tested by medical staff at Orange Health Service before going into the hospital," she said.
Every time they clients get on or off the bus, the driver and clients use anti bacterial products.
Ms Parnell said the bus is also cleaned in between each journey.
"We are doing everything we can to keep the bus operation for those who need it," she said.
"There's lost of cleaning, lots of hand washing and clients are socially distancing themselves."
She said for those using the service, there was no other alternative to get to Orange.
"If they didn't have the bus, they couldn't access their treatment," she said.
"This is an absolutely essential service, and we are doing everything in our power to keep it operating while keeping staff and clients safe.
"We've been working closely with the Orange Health Service, and they are happy with where things are at."
She said the bus will return to the volunteer model as soon as things return to normal, and she thanked Reliance Bank, and the community for their ongoing support of the bus.