South Waikato Transport Providers

Name of provider: St John Shuttle (Tokoroa)
Contact person:  Niki Varley
Phone: Call Tokoroa Hospital 8850600 for the St John renal shuttle and the Trikiso bus. These vehicles come from Hamilton to pick up in South Waikato. The renal shuttle on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starts picking up at 5.30am and leaves the hospital at 1:30pm. The Trikiso bus on Tuesdays and Thursdays picks up around 8.30am and leaves the hospital at around 3pm. These services are fully funded by the DHB, so are free to the user.

Call St John at the Hamilton office 0800 846 9992 extension 0 weekdays 8am to 4pm for the St John shuttle – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to all Hamilton appointments (not merely the hospital) from Tokoroa and Putaruru. The service is run by volunteers in an 8-seater van – a door-todoor service. On the evening before travel the drivers check the bookings and organize the pickup time based on the first appointment. The shuttle returns when all appointments are finished. The service is funded by donations (donation envelopes are available) and by the National Travel Assistance scheme which assists some travel by community service card holders living 80km from the destination. Drivers have the relevant forms and will assist you. NTA payments are made directly to the service provider.
Area covered: Tokoroa, Putaruru, Tirau, Hamilton
Other: St John will add another service on the same days which leaves Tokoroa later in the morning
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Name of provider: Health Transport Service (Tues/ Thurs)
Contact person: Bookings are made via Tokoroa Hospital 
Physical Address: Tokoroa Hospital
Phone: 07 885 0600
Name of provider: Renal Transport Service
Contact person: Nicky Hagen and Michelle Higgins (Waikato DHB)
Physical Address: Bookings are made via Waikato DHB Renal Services
Phone: 07 839 8741 (Regional Renal Services reception)

Name of provider: South Waikato Community Health Transport (Inc) 
Phone: 07 8836022 or 027 547 7929
Description of services: We operate two vans and two cars, with bases in Putaruru and
Tokoroa. All vehicles carry a wheelchair, and volunteers will accompany
clients to their reception areas in the hospital or other service.
Support people will be transported if room is available.

We return discharged patients from Waikato Hospital to their homes in
the South Waikato should a shuttle be present at the time.
Area covered: We take clients to appointments organised by the Waikato DHB, including
to Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo, Matamata, Cambridge and Thames. We pick up and deliver door-to-door in Tokoroa, Putaruru, Arapuni and Tirau.
Other: We are formed from and associated with Putaruru Red Cross, which has
wheelchairs, walkers and crutches for hire.

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Name of provider: New Zealand Red Cross - Putaruru Community Transport
Contact person:  Marjorie Roberts
Physical Address: Either c/- of Marjorie Roberts at - 19 Rangiura Place, Putaruru 3411 OR
10 Deihl rd RD2 Putaruru 3482
Phone: 07 8836022
Description of services: We have a van and a car

We have wheelchairs, walkers and crutches for hire

Area covered: We travel from Putaruru, Tirau, Arapuni and Tokoroa to Hamilton, Cambridge, Rotorua and Taupo.
Other: Wherever possible we try to accommodate people to get them to their health related appointments.

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