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New shuttle service coming to bring people to hospitals in the North Island

Access to healthcare sites across North Vancouver Island will be improved, through a new transportation service.

As part of the province’s $30 million investment to improve services in the area, this new service is designed to help bring non-urgent transportation to Port Hardy Hospital, Port McNeill Hospital, and Port Alice Health Centre.

Along with the service being available five days a week, it includes both a daytime and afternoon or evening route for residents in need.

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MLA for the North Island Michele Babchuk says the government understands how important timely access to health services is for the community.

“By investing in this service, we’re providing vital transportation for people to access the health care they need, helping to improve access to health-care services in rural and remote areas on the island,” says Babchuk.

Island Health says that three wheelchair enabled shuttle vans have been purchased for this service, with Port Alice residents able to receive non-urgent services, including x-rays.

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