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Right Arrow Patient Transport Services
22 August 2006 at 13:04
Following a review of Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust policy on Patient Transport Services, it has been found that a number of patients are using the Services when they are not entitled to do so. From the 1st October 2006, the existing policy will be more strictly enforced.

The Trust is still committed to providing NHS funded transport so that patients with defined medical needs can attend the hospital for their care. The Trust has adopted criteria for the provision of NHS funded transport based on the medical needs of patients.

No patient who is entitled to patient transport will be disadvantaged by the enforcement of the policy. However, a substantial number of patients who should not have been using the service will no longer be able to do so. The categories of patients who will be provided with transport are patients who:
1. require to be moved on a stretcher. Defined as: the patient needs to travel lying down on a stretcher in the ambulance and needs to be carried up and down any stairs.
2. are in a wheelchair and cannot transfer in and out of a vehicle without assistance and who have no other way of getting to hospital.
3. have been treated in Accident & Emergency, subsequently discharged and who are deemed unsafe to travel alone or by public transport (including taxis).
4. for medical reasons, require a trained escort.

The responsibility for approving PTS is with the responsible hospital clinician, who will ensure the criteria for provision of transport is followed.

This decision will not affect 999 services

Notes to Editors

We intend to publicise the policy widely in the area at GP surgeries, within our hospitals and in local media.

Patients who are in receipt of certain benefits may be entitled to reclaim transport costs; details are available from the General Office at either hospital.

There are a number of bus routes serving both Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals; details of these are available from Merseytravel on 0870 608 2 608 or

The North West Ambulance Service, which provides the Patient Transport Service, transports patients approved by appropriate NHS professionals but plays no part in the process of approving eligibility for patient transport.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714