Last Tuesday evening at the Support Hub, a second meeting of the Waikanae Health Advocacy Group (WHAG) took place at which four speakers addressed the 20 or so attendees on more detailed aspects of the topics raised at the meeting in February in the Memorial Hall.
One of these topics was how those needing services at the Capital & Coast District Health Board’s hospitals in Kenepuru and Wellington get there. Obviously, in serious cases, that’s what the Wellington Free Ambulance as well as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter do; but for non-urgent cases, that ties up the resources needed for urgent situations and other options need to be looked at (including whether a trip there is actually needed — can paramedics or just a phone/Skype conversation sort the issue out?)
Last June, the Capital & Coast District Health Board began trialing a Kenepuru Hospital shuttle connection to and from the Porirua railway station for Kapiti residents without independent transport travelling to and from appointments at Kenepuru Community Hospital or Wellington Regional Hospital. It has operated from 7 am to 6 pm every weekday, departing Porirua railway station hourly, at a quarter to the hour, from Station Road East (through the underpass to the city side where buses depart). It brings users back to the station after their appointment.
Details of this are on the CCDHB website here