Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) is set to become the second DHB to offer our charities Transport service using Taxicharge to ensure struggling bowel cancer patients attend oncology appointments, improving access to cancer treatments around New Zealand.
The charities new service was established after identifying a need in the community where patients regularly voiced concerns which included struggling to be able to get to and from appointments at the hospital.
This service is especially important for those living in deprivation and with social barriers who need help to improve their access to cancer treatment.
Auckland DHB was the first to join through their Cancer Psychological and Social Support Initiative at the Auckland Regional Cancer & Blood Service.
Auckland Patient, Pauline, 67 years old from Mangare East said she found the Bowel Cancer Foundation's new service was so helpful in supporting her to and from chemotherapy appointments.
"They have been amazing and supportive to me and I wouldn’t know what I’d do without their support. I’m so grateful for their help. Thank you to everyone at the Bowel Cancer Foundation.”
If you are a bowel cancer patient and need help with transport, please contact your social worker who will be able to organise transport with us on your behalf.