The idea of travelling to a hospital for your treatment or appointments when you don’t live locally may be overwhelming at first. However, if you don’t have a car or someone to drive you, there are a number of transport programs and options that may assist you and your family to get to and from your appointments safely:
If you’re staying at a Cancer Council SA Lodge, you may be able to access the Transport to Treatment service. This is a bus service to take you (and your carer, if space permits) to and from the Cancer Council Lodge at Greenhill and/or Flinders to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, St Andrew’s Hospital, Tennyson Medical Centre or the Flinders Medical Centre.
The Cancer Council SA bus service runs several times a day. To book a seat, speak to reception when you arrive at either Lodge.
The Leukaemia Foundation offers free transport to and from haematology appointments in Leukaemia Foundation patient transport vehicles. These vehicles are operated by friendly, trained volunteers. Bookings are essential, so phone (08) 8169 6000 or 1800 620 420 for more information or to secure your seat.
The Red Cross Transport Scheme provides elderly people or people with a disability and their carers, access to transport to attend non-urgent medical appointments, when no other means of transport is available. To find out more about this scheme and register, phone 1800 246 850 or (08) 8100 4550.
Check with your treating hospital as to whether they have any transport services available for patients and their carers.
Catching a bus, tram or train to your treatment and/or appointments is a cost effective way to get around Adelaide and its surrounding suburbs. For information about public transport routes and timetables visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au.
You will need a metroCARD to use public transport in Adelaide. Depending on your age, mobility or if you have a disability, you may be eligible for concession fares on all Adelaide Metro vehicles. Interstate concessions cards may not be valid in South Australia. To find out more and apply, visit www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Tickets-Fares/metroCARD
· There are a number of taxi companies servicing Adelaide. When you ring to book, you will need to confirm your pick-up address, pick-up time and the address of your destination. You’ll find taxi ranks located at most hospital entrances.
Adelaide Independent Taxi Service: phone 13 22 11
Suburban Taxis: phone 13 10 08
Yellow Cab Co: phone 13 22 27
Access Cabs (cater for wheelchair users or people with mobility issues and disabilities): phone 1300 360 940
· Smartphone apps, such as Uber and Ola, can provide affordable car rides to the hospital or Cancer Council SA Lodges.
Whilst parking is available at most hospitals, it can be expensive. If you are attending a public hospital and need to stay more than two hours, parking on hospital grounds comes at a cost. However, if you need to attend a public hospital on a regular basis, for example—for chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment—speak to your treating team about other assistance that may be available to you to help cover the costs of parking.
If you aren’t eligible for any assistance as outlined above, it may be worth asking if you can negotiate a weekly or discounted rate.