Garden River Wellness Centre
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Medical Transportation

The Medical Transportation Program provides transportation for Garden River Band Members who meet the criteria in the following three categories:

1) Medical Transportation

Medical Van Transportation may be provided to Sault Ste. Marie for those in need of a ride to attend their medical appointments that are approved by Health Canada. 

Health Canada requires the letter of Confirmation of Attendance to be signed or stamped by the medical professional and given to the driver.  Services will be suspended by Health Canada until document is received. 

The Medical Van picks clients up Monday – Friday at:                   

  • 8:00 a.m. 
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • 12:45 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.

The Medical Van transportation is NOT available for personal errands before or after the scheduled appointment. Please note this is a shared service.


2) After Hours

After Hours Transportation may be provided to Sault Ste. Marie for those in need of a ride to attend their medical appointments approved by Health Canada that are scheduled before 8:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. during week days or appointments scheduled on weekends.

Urgent transportation may be available for non-life-threatening illnesses that require medical attention occurring after hours.  

If an emergency, call 911.

Health Canada requires the letter of Confirmation of Attendance to be signed or stamped by the medical professional and given to the driver.  Services will be suspended by Health Canada until document is received. 

 


3) Home & Community Care (H&CC)

H&CC Transportation is exclusively for clients in the Home & Community Care program of Garden River Wellness Centre. 

H&CC Shopping Transportation may be provided for non-medical appointments in Sault Ste. Marie (i.e. banking, groceries, shopping, hairdresser/barber etc.) 
The Shopping Van picks up clients Monday, Wednesday and Friday at:

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.

H&CC Wellness Centre Transportation may be provided for clients to their appointments at the Wellness Centre.
The Wellness Centre Van picks up clients Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 

This service is not available on statutory holidays or when the Wellness Centre is closed. Please note this is a shared service. 


To inquire about this program or to schedule transportation contact the Medical Transportation Coordinator, Robin Lesage - ext. 221.

When Scheduling Transportation:

  • Call the Wellness Centre as soon as you know your appointment time. 
  • To guarantee availability of transportation services schedule your ride at least 24-hours in advance.
  • Try to make your appointments according to the pick-up times stated above. i.e.—pick up time at 8:00 a.m. schedule your appointment for 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. 
  • Remember this is shared service and there will be wait times for pickups.