DRIVERS TO DOCTORS ON GABRIOLA ISLAND

 

                     Need a ride to your appointments?

 

Don't have any way of getting to and from either Gabriola medical clinic, the island dentist, lab, pharmacy, registered therapist (in the Village core), or the VIHA Lifestyles post-op and seniors' exercise programs? Drivers to Doctors is providing drives to medical-related appointments on Gabriola, with extra precautions because of Covid-19.​

 

Masks are required for both drivers and patients, and if either has any COVID-like symptoms the drive will have to be reassigned or postponed. Frequently touched surfaces in the car, such has door handles and seat belts, are disinfected between drives.

 

Due to prolonged contact during drives to medical appointments in Nanaimo,  we have had to suspend these until the situation improves. We are continually reevaluating when it would be safe to restart these drives.

 

Call Marni Laird ph: 250-713-8018 at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment to schedule a driver to pick you up. 

Want to help out?

Join our Team of Volunteer Drivers

Call Marni Laird ph: 250-713-8018.

What do you know about our Drivers to Doctors Program?

The ability to travel around town, going wherever we want whenever we want, is a freedom that most of us enjoy. We take for granted that we can slip behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive off without giving it much thought. But for a growing portion of our elderly population, once routine outings like going to the grocery store, the library, social gatherings or doctor’s appointments have become monumental challenges. As we age, health conditions may impact driving and we must find other methods for getting to and from our daily activities.

Fortunately, for senior Gabriolians, we have the ‘Drivers to Doctors’ program through our Auxiliary for Island Health Care Society. We have many islanders who rely on this service to get to doctors’ appointments on Gabriola and in Nanaimo.

We as a community reach out to help the less fortunate in our midst in a variety of ways. One way we can help our seniors is to be a driver for our Drivers to Doctors Program.

Did you know that as a driver you can drive as little or as much as you would like to? You don’t have to have a schedule as you drive when you can.

We want to be able to accommodate all the requests made for rides.

                                                       Thank you to Our Drivers

                          January 2020 we had 12 drives, 6 local and 6 to Nanaimo, with a total of 40 hours.

                        December 2019 there were 15 trips, 9 local and 6 to Nanaimo, total of 34.75 hours.

                        November 2019 there were 13 trips, 9 local and 4 to Nanaimo, total of 35 hours.

Mission Statement....”To support community health education, healthcare and patient comfort services on Gabriola Island.”