Transport to treatment

We can provide free transport for people with cancer to and from their local medical appointments and treatment at Waikato, Rotorua, Tauranga, Thames and Whakatane Hospitals as well as the Kathleen Kilgour Centre in Tauranga. This transport is provided by our trained volunteers who will pick you up from home or a designated meeting place and return you after your appointment. Please contact us for further information about transport assistance in your area.

If our free transport service is not available and you have significant health needs, a disability, a community services card or travel to frequent medical appointments, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance for transport and/or accommodation. Ask your specialist, clinic or ward staff, or a hospital social worker for more information.

Bus services

Many towns throughout the region have a daily community bus service providing transport to Waikato, Rotorua and Tauranga hospitals. Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau or ask at the hospital for more information about these services.

Other transport options

Eastbay Connection is a Ministry of Health service provider, offering transport for patients, caregivers and visitors from Roturua, Tokoroa, Putaruru and Tirau regions to Waikato and Auckland Hospitals and other health providers.

They offer a scheduled, door to door service on weekdays. If you qualify for subsidised transport, this is a free service. For non-qualifying travellers, they have a reasonable scale of charges.

For more information or to book transport, call or text East Bay Connection Shuttle on 07 547 2631.