Following on from other letters regarding the new public hospital at Byron Bay, I would like to raise the issue of transport, or lack of it.
Recently I spent the morning there for some appointments, having caught a bus as I do not drive. As there was no return bus back into Byron for 2.5 hours after my last appointment, I ordered a taxi which cost me $20.70!
The previous week I had to attend an appointment there, I missed the bus and ended up hitch-hiking- something I haven’t done in many years, as I didn’t want to miss my appointment.
Given the distance from town, and that the Community Health and Dental Services are also located at the new site, I think it’s fair enough to request more adequate public transport options.
I can’t imagine how the clients from Mullumbimby are managing their trips to the Byron Hospital, now that they no longer have a local one.
Phoebe Havyatt, Byron Bay