The eligibility criteria for non-urgent hospital transport has changed.
Some patients may be eligible to have transport provided for them for non-urgent planned healthcare (treatment, oupatient appointment or diagnostic services).
Patients are deemed eligible for Patient Transport Services (PTS) where they meet the following Department of Health Criteria:
- travelling by any other means would have a serious detrimental effect on the patients condition.
- If the patient has restricted mobility and is unable to self mobilise.
- The duration of travel would take longer than 90 minutes for a one way journey and this would have a serious detrimental effect on the patients condition or recovery.
- The patient requires continuous oxygen or other medical gasses.
- If the patient requires continuous intravenous support.
Patients are not eligible for PTS where one or more of the following applies:
- The patient is able to travel by their own means, they do not require support from a qualified PTS ambulance crew and it would not have a serious detrimental effect on their condition or recover to do so.
- The patient is receiving private healthcare treatment.
- The patient has a member of family, friend or care/support worker who could help travel to the appointment.
- The paitient is registered as disabled but has their own means of transport.
- The patient does not want to pay for transport but could do.
- The patient cannot afford to pay for transport – they may be eligible for support through the Hosptial Travel Cost Scheme.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT HOSPITAL TRANSPORT IS ALLOCATED CORRECTLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ABOVE CRITERIA AND IS BASED ON MEDICAL NEED ONLY.