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AWHF and TCTS Sign New Contract

From left to right are Jan VanZoost, Secretary/Treasurer- AWHF, Wayne MacDonald, Chair – AWHF, Phil Milo, Chair – TCTS, and Debbie Decker, General Manager – TCTS.

Annapolis Royal, 25 October 2011: The Annapolis West Health Foundation (AWHF) and the Trans County Transportation Society (TCTS) have signed a new contract to provide reduced fare transportation for medical appointments for people in the catchment area of the Annapolis Community Health Centre (ACHC).

The two organizations have partnered for the past three years to provide patients of ACHC transportation to medical appointments in Middleton, Kentville, Halifax, and other communities. This new contract has tightened up the language of the document and has also better defined the catchment area to ensure that ACHC clients are better served. More importantly, the contract has reduced the cost of the individual fares from those which were charged under the previous agreement and included wheelchair accessibility for those who require this service. The new fares have been in effect since the first of May 2011.

For medical appointments for those in the ACHC catchment area, the cost of a return trip to Halifax, has been reduced to $60 and the return trip to Kentville is now $30. A medical trip to Middleton and return will cost just $20.

The catchment area of ACHC is defined as an area from the Annapolis/Digby county line, east to Dalhousie West, Tupperville, Upper Granville and Hampton, and from Maitland Bridge to the Bay of Fundy Shore.

Wayne MacDonald, Chairman of AWHF stated during the contract signing “We are pleased to ensure that no one in our catchment area misses a medical appointment because they do not have access to transportatioAnnapolis West Health Foundation and Trans County Transportation Society Sign New Contract n, or because they cannot afford to pay for transportation. No one will be left behind. People will be expected to pay the full fare if they can afford it; however, if that proves difficult clients can phone the TCTS office to discuss alternatives.” The Annapolis West Health Foundation continues to subsidize the service for those in the ACHC catchment area and arrangements will be made.

For further information on fares and terms of service; patients and clients should phone the TCTS office directly at 665-1212 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Please note that 24 hours’ notice is required to book or cancel a drive.

 

 

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