Ōtaki St John Health Shuttle News

R-JN15-Health-shuttle.jpgThe Ōtaki St John Health Shuttle is a volunteer community service. We carry anyone on a “health-related” journey to hospitals, private medical clinics — or for visiting, if seating is available. Our service is essentially free but a donation is welcomed. In the last year the crew gave 4,829 voluntary hours; we drove 95,229kms; used 8,663L of fuel and carried 1,379 passengers to 1,195 destinations.

The Team

Presently there are 20 wonderful volunteers who crew the shuttles. These folk are on the road at 5.30am some days and do a marvellous job, sometimes making 2 trips to Palmerston North in a day. All have first aid qualifications and complete a “shuttle operator’s course”. For the comfort and safety of passengers we provide 2 crew members on the majority of our trips.

The Shuttles

Both our shuttles have hoists for ease of access for those with mobility difficulties and/or wheelchairs. Each shuttle carries a defibrillator and a first aid kit. A wheelchair can also be provided [with advance notice]. St John shuttles are purpose-built to strict safety standards for public transportation. We have a new Mercedes Sprinter shuttle arriving shortly.

The Service

We provide a red-eye shift [5.30am–7.30am] as required, plus two further trips each day. We endeavour to set departure and return times to reflect appointment times.

The shuttle travels to Palmerston North, Levin and [occasionally] to Wellington.

Volunteers needed

We are desperately in need of more shuttle volunteers if you can give 4–8hrs per week — particularly on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

For more information please contact the Team Leader on otakishuttle@gmail.com or phone 364 5603 and leave your contact details.

Jen Hutchings
Team Leader — Ōtaki St John Health Shuttle