New Health Shut­tle in Toko­roa

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Get­ting to a med­i­cal ap­point­ments has now been made eas­ier with the new Health Shut­tle Ser­vice pro­vided to the Toko­roa district.

The new Health Shut­tle sys­tem al­lows pa­tients to get to their med­i­cal ap­point­ments at Waikato Hos­pi­tal eas­ier, by picking them up and drop­ping them at their front door.

This op­er­a­tion is de­signed for those hav­ing difficulty get­ting to med­i­cal ap­point­ments due to health or mo­bil­ity.

To make sure peo­ple get the care and at­ten­tion they need for a com­fort­able trip, there is re­as­sur­ance that a trained first aid per­son is at hand the whole time.

St John Health Shut­tle Team Leader Nancy Un­der­down said the Shut­tle has nine vol­un­teer driv­ers who op­er­ate on a ros­ter sys­tem, but said more vol­un­teers are wel­come.

‘‘We op­er­ate Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days,’’ she said.

‘‘We pick peo­ple up from their homes at 8am, take them to their ap­point­ments in Hamil­ton and then we leave be­tween 2pm2.30pm, and de­liver them home again.’’

Book­ing the shut­tle is essen­tial, at least 24 hours be­fore the ap­point­ment.

Un­der­down said peo­ple are el­i­gi­ble for Na­tional Travel As­sis­tance if they hold a valid com­mu­nity ser­vices card, or if they have to at­tend spe­cial­ist ap­point­ments six times within six months.

‘‘If some­one is not el­i­gi­ble we just ask for a do­na­tion.’’

She said the Li­ons and The South Waikato District Coun­cil put in the ma­jor­ity of the fund­ing for the shut­tle, and ‘‘the com­mu­nity were ab­so­lutely won­der­ful at do­nat­ing items.’’

This items in­cluded a de­fib­ril­la­tor ma­chine, cell phone, Nav­man, a step to help peo­ple in and out of the shut­tle, and three rain­coats and vests, which Un­der­down said the crew is very grate­ful for.

She said they are thank­ful for the in­di­vid­ual and cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship.

‘‘It’s been a real bonus to the Toko­roa com­mu­nity for those peo­ple who can’t get up to Waikato for spe­cial­ist ap­point­ments.’’

The first trip to Waikato took place on April 28.

To make an ap­point­ment phone 0800 846 9992 ext 0 or go to shut­tles.hamil­ton@stjohn.org.nz.

For as­sis­tance ob­tain­ing a Na­tional Travel As­sis­tance num­ber, phone 07 839 88 99 ext 97233. Fam­ily harm There were 15 re­ported fam­ily harm in­ci­dents this week. From these two ar­rests were made which re­sulted in charges be­ing laid for breach­ing court or­ders and as­sault.

A huge num­ber, 13, of these in­ci­dents were re­ported over the week­end and the ma­jor­ity of these have been al­co­hol re­lated.

There are plenty of so­cial agen­cies that can as­sist with fam­ily is­sues and we re­ally en­cour­age peo­ple to get in touch with them early on. We are also happy for peo­ple to come in and see us and we can point them in the right direc­tion.

The key mes­sage here is that peo­ple need to seek help be­fore it gets to the point of the po­lice be­ing in­volved. Drink driv­ing Two peo­ple were pro­cessed for drink driv­ing this week one of which was a Toko­roa lo­cal who blew 848 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol per litre of breath and the other just un­der 400mcg. The le­gal limit is 250mcg.

*Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son

TA­MARA THORN/FAIRFAX NZ

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