PTS is only available for patients who require transport to, or from, a health facility such as a hospital, rehabilitation unit or aged care facility and are assessed as medically unsuitable for community, public or private transport by a medical practitioner or registered nurse.
Patients must also be assessed by a medical practitioner or a registered nurse as having a low risk of deterioration before being eligible for PTS.
PTS is suitable for patients who:
- require stretcher transport
- are assessed by a medical practitioner or registered nurse as having a condition that requires the skills of PTS staff during the journey
- have a medical or other condition that a medical practitioner or registered nurse would assess as causing the patient to be gravely embarrassed on public transport e.g. incontinence or disfigurement.
PTS is not suitable for patients who:
- can walk and live independently in the community
- have a life threatening condition that requires emergency transport
- are behaviourally unstable requiring mechanical restraint
- are assessed as likely to deteriorate and fall outside “Between the Flags
- are assessed by a medical practitioner or registered nurse as unsuitable to be transported by PTS.
Health professionals should prepare their patients before they use PTS.
PTS can assist in the transport of patients in situations such as:
- attending day treatment or an appointment e.g. specialist or x-ray
- returning from treatments of appointments
- being discharged from hospital, either to their home or to another health facility.