Te Awakairangi Health Network can provide free short-term transport assistance for eligible patients to primary health or hospital appointments in the Hutt Valley.

The Service

Wellington Free Ambulance has been contracted to provide:

  • free transport to and from primary health or hospital appointments in the Hutt Valley
  • timely treatment of health problems by getting patients to the services they need, particularly for acute needs
  • reduced stress for patients by getting them to and from services in a manner that is appropriate to their needs.

Eligibility

Referred patients must meet ALL of the following criteria.

  • Are experiencing barriers to accessing primary health or Hutt Valley hospital appointments.
  • Have a genuine transport need and have no other transport option available to them.
  • Are enrolled with any Hutt Valley practice (except Ropata Medical Centre).
  • Are Māori or Pacific Ethnicity or Quintile 5.

Availability

The Transport assistance service is available Monday to Friday between 8.00 am and 5.30 pm.

Referrals

For information on referrals contact the Community Health Manager or Project Coordinator:

Phone: 04 566 5320.


Other transport options

Alternative transport options for patients who do not meet the criteria for our free service are listed below.

Petone Working Men’s Club/Lower Hutt RSA

May be able to provide a full subsidy for taxi chits to hospital and medical appointment for financial members. Phone: 04 568 5404.

Upper Hutt RSA

May be able to provide transport to hospital and medical appointment for financial members and their widows. Phone: 04 529 0016.

Upper Hutt Cossie Club

May be able to provide transport to the hospital and medical appointments for financial members. Phone 04 529 0009.

Red Cross Foundation

Community Transport (for Upper Hutt residents only).

Phone: 0800 733 276
Email: wellington@redcross.org.nz
Website: Community transport (www.redcross.org.nz)

Total mobility assistance

Provides subsidised taxi fares to people with disabilities involving substantial mobility constraints. It involves the use of taxi vouchers that provide a discount of (usually) 50% off the normal taxi fare. It also provides funding assistance for the purchase and installation of wheelchair hoists in taxi vans.

For more information or assistance phone Metlink 0800 801 700 or the Wellington Regional Council 0800 496 734 and ask to talk to someone about Total mobility assistance.

National travel assistance scheme (Ministry of Health)

Provides financial assistance to people who are referred by their specialist to see another specialist, and need to travel long distances, or travel frequently.
Phone: 0800 281 222.

Super Gold Card (Valley Flyer)

A free discount and concession card available to all New Zealanders who are aged 65 years or over, and those under 65 years receiving New Zealand Superannuation or Veterans Pension.

Card Holders are eligible to travel free of charge on Valley Flyer services boarded between 9am – 3pm and after 6.30pm Monday-Friday and anytime on Saturday, Sunday and Statutory Holidays.

Driving Miss Daisy

Accept taxi chits, and will drive you to your destination and provide whatever help is needed before delivering you safely home again.

Transport provided to medical appointments, social engagements, grocery and other shopping trips.

For more information or to make a booking call: 04 568 2254 or 027 280 0668 (Lower Hutt), or 04 970 6636 or 021 177 4968 (Upper Hutt), or visit the website – www.drivingmissdaisy.co.nz.

Freedom Companion Drivers

A tailor-made service for older people, the disabled and children. Offer a fixed price journey so the customers knows what to expect.

Phone: 04 565 3132 | 021 950 311 | 0800 956 956|
Email: lowerhutt@freedomdrivers.co.nz
Website: www.freedomdrivers.co.nz.

More information

For more information you can contact the Community Health Manager or Project Coordinator: Phone: 04 566 5320.