Australian Red Cross Transport
Red Cross Patient Transport Service provides transport for eligible persons to essential medical appointments in Gippsland and Melbourne. Volunteers pick up clients from home and take them to and from appointments in Red Cross fleet vehicles.
Who is eligible?
To access Red Cross Patient Transport patients must be:
- unable to drive or be driven by family/friends to appointments
- living independently
- not eligible for a DVA card or other schemes eg. TAC, Workcover
- able to get in/out of a vehicle with minimal assistance
Clients require a referral from a Doctor or other health professional. Appointment times in Melbourne must be between 10am and 2pm, to allow for travel time before and after appointments.
All bookings are to be made at least 48 hours in advance. There may be times when Red Cross are unable to provide transport as there is only one car in each service area. The vehicle is often fully booked so it is essential to book as early as possible.
There is no set charge, however clients are encouraged to make a donation if they are able, to assist the Red Cross to continue to provide this vital service.
For Red Cross enquires contact (03) 5182 0255
South Gippsland Shire Community Vehicles
The transport service is available for clients who have no means of transport and are residents of South Gippsland Shire. Council owned cars and buses, driven by volunteers can be requested for medical appointments in Gippsland and Melbourne or for activities such as shopping.
Clients can self refer to the service. Clients are then assessed by the Shire to determine if they are eligible for the Home and Community Care (HACC) service.
Information on HACC services
There is a fee per kilometre cost involved in the service.
For Further information contact: South Gippsland Shire ph. 5662 9363
South Gippsland Shire Bus
A Shire bus travels from Hedley and Port Welshpool through to Leongatha on the third Thursday of each month to enable residents to go shopping or attend medical appointments
For further information and fees contact: South Gippsland Shire ph. 5662 9363
Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS)
VPTAS provides financial subsidies to eligible patients living in rural and regional Victoria who need to travel over 100km from their home to access medical specialist services.
Assistance available includes reimbursement for some private car use, public transport, air travel, taxi fares and accommodation.
For further information:
Ph. 1300 737 073