The RFDS in WA
Repatriation of patients from tertiary hospitals to country hospitals is a challenging problem in Western Australia, due to the size of our state. When a patient requires stretcher transport back to a rural hospital we endeavour to do so on an unfunded 'opportunistic' basis, when aircraft are returning to their regions. However with our increasing emergency workload, these opportunities are infrequent.
Referring doctors should call our State-wide Coordination Centre to discuss their requirements with one of our medical staff. We can advise on options for alternative transport or place the patient on a waiting list. Our service is only for stretcher cases - those who are ambulant are encouraged to travel by private or commercial transport means.