Transport to treatment

If you are finding it difficult to get to and from cancer-related appointments, our Cancer Society volunteer drivers are here to help. 

Volunteer drivers undergo a recruitment process which includes interviews, police checks, orientation and ongoing training.

Our Volunteer Driving Service operates throughout the greater Dunedin area and we do have some volunteers available across the Otago and Southland Region who may be able to assist with driving to local appointments.

Co-ordinated by our own staff, drivers can pick you up from home and return you after your appointment. If our free transport service is not available in your area 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 local Cancer Society staff, specialist, clinic or ward staff, or a hospital social worker for more information.

Because this is a voluntary service we ask that you please:

  • Give us as much notice as possible - at least two working days
  • Try and make sure your appointments are between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm. The hospital booking clerks can help you with this.
  • Consider all your other transport options, at least for some appointments
  • Understand that it may not always be possible for us to assist you although we will do our best
  • Please contact us for further information about transport assistance in your area.

To request a driver or to find out more please about transport options available in your area please phone your local Cancer Society staff or the Divisional office on 03 477 7447 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

Bus services

Many towns throughout the region have a daily community bus service providing transport to treatment centres / hospitals. Contact your local Cancer Society staff or Citizens Advice Bureau or ask at the hospital for more information about these services.