The North East Local Health Integration Network is starting a new system to help patients travel between hospitals in the area for tests or consultations with a specialist. This is addressing a long standing issue of patients having to wait at larger hospitals for an ambulance to take them home. The routes will include one from Kapuskasing to Timmins, and Elliot Lake to Sudbury. The LHIN is still setting up a transportation service provider, and is expected to put the system in place in the New Year.
The routes include:
- Elliot Lake to Espanola to Sudbury (165 km)
- Mindemoya to Little Current to Espanola to Sudbury (163 km)
- Kapuskasing to Smooth Rock Falls to Timmins (166 km)
- Cochrane to Iroquois Falls to Matheson to Timmins (224 km)