Patient transfers

Whether it is transporting patients from hospital to hospital, by air or by road, the RFDS plays a vital role in inter-hospital transfers of patients in less urgent cases in many parts of Australia. This particularly includes transferring patients from small hospitals in rural and remote areas to larger hospitals in regional centres or metropolitan areas where more specialist services are available.

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In 2014/2015 the RFDS performed 59,596 inter-hospital transfers in addition to the 4,336 aeromedical emergency evacuations, 332 patients transferred from clinics, and 409 repatriations.

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Patient Transfer Service in NSW/ACT

Our team provides a dedicated non-emergency patient transfer service for regional and rural patients, operated from Victoria. This fee paying service enables the fast, comfortable transfer of high, medium and low acuity patients within Victoria and beyond.

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VIC Mobile Patient Care

RFDS Victoria provides non-emergency patient transport service, known as Mobile Patient Care. This service is a quality, efficient and caring patient transport services for people who need to travel to hospital or to specialist care. We provide these services from our 13 bases located throughout Victoria and is supported by our aircraft at Essendon Airport.

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Inter-hospital Transfers in SA/NT

RFDS Central Operations conducts around 20 aeromedical transfers every day of patients from a country hospital to a major metropolitan hospital for a higher level of care. Often inter-hospital transfers occur in the middle of the night for patients requiring life-saving organ transplant or a newborn in need of emergency heart surgery at an interstate hospital.

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