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Good Neighours

Everybody needs Good Neighbours at some time

How do you get to the doctor’s or hospital appointments if you can’t drive because of illness or injury? Call a friend perhaps. Or maybe persuade someone in the family to give you a lift.

If that’s not possible, people in Newtown and Soberton are lucky enough to have another option – The Good Neighbours group, which answers dozens of calls every year for assistance with medical appointments and getting to lunch clubs.

The group has about 20 volunteer drivers who use their own cars, so we can usually find someone to help, provided we get reasonable notice. All our drivers are DBS (formerly CRB) checked.

The Good Neighbours Group has been part of village life for nearly 40 years and, as part of the Good Neighbours Network umbrella group run by the local dioceses, is fully insured for public liability, personal accident and monetary loss.

The group requests a donation for the service to cover fuel and vehicle wear and tear. The suggested rates (see box below) should be paid direct to the driver. Wherever practical, your driver will wait and bring you home. If your appointment is a long one, we may need to book a second driver to collect you. Parking charges will be extra although some hospital parking is provided free through the Good Neighbours Network.

If you would like to find out more, or to book transport, please ring one of our Co-ordinators:

Sue Musselwhite - 01489 877282 or Phil Bergin - 02392 632551

Suggested donation rates for return journey 

Swanmore/Droxford

£3.50

Wickham/Bishops Waltham/Denmead

£4.50

Q.A. Hospital and Fareham

£7.00

Fareham Community Hospital, Sarisbury Green

£10.00

Spire, Havant

£12.00

St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth, Winchester Hospital

£13.50

Southampton Hospital, Southampton Spire

£18.00

Romsey Hospital

£19.00

Andover Hospital

£28.50

Basingstoke Hospital

£32.50