Shared medical rides to Boston and Peabody: The Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority (MVRTA) provides one day per week of shared medical transportation for MVRTA Special Services customers to Lahey Clinic in Peabody and several Boston hospitals. In Georgetown, a van will pick up and drop off clients on Monday at their homes. If you need a ride on another day, call the MVRTA’s Office of Special Services and they will do their best to accommodate needs. At Lahey Clinic, customers should make medical appointments between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The van will depart Lahey Clinic no later than 3:30 p.m. Customers with medical appointments in Boston should make appointments between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The van will depart Boston no later than 3:30 p.m. Boston hospitals include Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, Shriner’s Burn Institute, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Tufts New England Medical Center, Tufts Floating Hospital for Children, Beth Isreael/Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Children’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center and VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain. Rates are $8 cash one-way or $16 cash round trip. Reservations and applications will be necessary. Reservations may be made 1-2 weeks in advance by calling the MVRTA’s Office of Special Services at 978-469-6878, selecting Option 3.
Drivers needed for elder medical transportation: The Georgetown Council on Aging is seeking additional volunteer drivers to provide medical transportation to local elders. Through Northern Essex Elder Transport, Inc. (N.E.E.T.), the COA provides local elders with rides to medical appointments. Staffed by volunteer drivers, a donation of 43 cents per mile is suggested to help support the program and defray the increased cost of gasoline for volunteer drivers. However, donations are only suggested and no one will be denied a ride if unable to give a donation. A vital link in maintaining independence and healthy well-being for elders, the N.E.E.T. program fills the transportation void that often exists in rural communities. For information on becoming a volunteer driver, call the COA office.