47 days ago

Hospital staff unaware of free transport when discharging patients

Nicole Mathewson Reporter from Northern Outlook

Sick and elderly people discharged from Christchurch Hospital are potentially being left out of pocket by exorbitant taxi fares home.

Dianne Pierce said she was flabbergasted at the cost quoted for a taxi for her neighbour, a wheelchair-bound patient – a $500 one-way trip to Rangiora, just 30 kilometres away.

All patients from Rangiora assessed by a paramedic and sent to the emergency department are eligible for a taxi home.

Canterbury District Health Board consumer council rural representative Joanne Gumbrell said the main problem was people not being aware of their rights, and that the service is not promoted by the CDHB or hospital staff.

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Who needs a plant doctor?

Mikaela Wilkes Reporter from Homed

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$40,600 debt owed by uninsured driver will take a decade to repay | Stuff.co.nz

Linda from Rangiora

I've heard many people say I can't afford car insurance.
Interesting read this article is.
Insurance premiums or lifetime debt ?


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Looking for someone to sew up knitted kiddies jumpers

Sylvia from Kaiapoi

Hi there I’m from StitchtasticNZ in Vickery St KAIAPOI
I have a client who wants somebody to sew up kids jumpers they are hand knitted she just needs all the seams stitched up. She said the previous lady did it in “mattress stitch” so they laid nice and flat. She has three toddler jumpers/vests to do.. price she paid last time was around $25 for a jumper are you able to help?