A NEW service is available to help people attend medical appointments in Brisbane.
The North Coast Shuttle service is a 17-seater wheelchair-accessible bus that departs from Ballina (with one stop in Byron shire and one stop in Tweed shire) travelling to Brisbane three times a week for medical appointments at PA, Mater and Royal Brisbane hospitals.
Other nearby specialist destinations will be considered.
Bookings and assessments for the shuttle will be taken at Northern Rivers Community Transport, Tweed, Byron, Ballina Community Transport and Clarence Valley Community Transport.
To be eligible for the service, passengers need to meet criteria according to HACC guidelines, being frail aged or someone with a permanent disability.
However, other people could use this service if seats are available.
The nominal cost for this service is $50. Accompanying carers can travel free of charge and there will be an on-board assistant to support passengers with basic needs.
Transport to and from the client's home to the nearest shuttle stop will be provided with no additional charge. This includes anyone from Lismore, Casino, Maclean and other outlying areas.
Until fully supported, this service is limited to appointments on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 1pm.
Inquiries: Clarence Valley shire residents 6645 3200; Lismore City Council residents 6628 6000; Tweed, Byron, Ballina shire residents 1300 875 895
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