National Travel Assistance
If you, or a family member, need to travel long distances – or frequently – to see a specialist, then you may be eligible for help with expenses under the National Travel Assistance Scheme. These expenses may include travel, accommodation and support person costs. This is a national Ministry of Health scheme. Please visit http://www.moh.govt.nz/travelassistance or phone 0800 281 222 for more information, application and claim forms.
Cancer Society Shuttle Service – to Palmerston North
The Taranaki Centre provides a shuttle service to and from the Regional Cancer Treatment Centre in Palmerston North. The shuttle runs on Mondays & Fridays. The shuttle picks up patients on Monday from Taranaki and takes them to Palmerston North and drops off at Ozanam House. The shuttle arrives on Monday by 12 noon and departs on Friday by 12:30pm. The shuttle service is free. A caregiver is also welcome to travel.
To book a place on the shuttle please contact us on (06) 757 3006 between 9 am and 3.30 pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Drivers within Taranaki
If you need assistance to get to your local appointment for treatment at Taranaki Base hospital and your GP, we have volunteer drivers available. Please contact the Support Coordinator or call us on (06) 757 3006. Please give us at least 24 hours notice so we can arrange a volunteer driver for you.
If you do not have your own transport and are currently undergoing cancer treatment, volunteer drivers are available to drive you to appointments at Gisborne Hospitals. They will also drive clients to the supermarket, doctors and for other special requirements. Please contact the Gisborne Centre on (06) 867 1795 or email our Support Services Co-ordinator for more information.
If you need to use your own car to travel to and from treatment and you have a Community Services Card, you may be entitled to assistance with travel costs and this can be arranged through the Gisborne Hospital. This is a national Ministry of Health scheme.
Please visit: http://www.moh.govt.nz/travelassistance or phone 0800 281 222 for more information, or application and claim forms. Alternatively those without Community Services Card can apply to the Gisborne Centre for travel and living expense assistance.
For more information on all travel requirements please contact our Support Sevices Co-ordinator
Hawke's Bay Centre provide a comfortable, safe and supportive shuttle service for Hawke's Bay cancer patients and their companions, attending the regional Cancer Treatment Service Centre in Palmerston North for treatment.
The shuttles makes the return trip from Napier/Hastings and Central Hawke's Bay to Palmerston North on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
If you do not have transport for your medical appointments, we offer a service where a volunteer driver will collect you from home and take you to your medical appointments.
For further Information on this service please contact our Office Administrator, Phone (06) 876 7638
For shuttle service assistance outside our office hours please phone our driver, John Horton, on 027 248 7217
Treatment Driving Service
We have a team of volunteer drivers to enable Wanganui cancer patients to attend local appointments and appointments at the Regional Cancer Treatment Service Centre in Palmerston North and, in certain instances, Wellington.
Coordinated by our staff, drivers will pick you up from home and return you home after your appointment. This is a free service to cancer patients. A caregiver or family member may accompany you.
Volunteer drivers undergo a recruitment process which includes interviews, police checks, orientation and on-going training. Assistance with travel is also available in our rural areas.
For further Information on this service, please phone the office (06) 348 7402 or send an email to email@example.com
If you do not have transport for your medical appointments, we offer a service where a voulunteer driver will collect you from home and take you to your medical appointments. We cover the area from Otaki, Levin, Foxton, Foxton Beach, Shannon, Palmerston North, Feilding and surrounding areas.
If you have any enquiries regarding this service please contact our transport coordinator on phone (06) 356 5355.