Patient transfers

The RFDS plays a vital role transporting patients in many parts of Australia, be that by road or by air. With 140 road vehicles and 77 aircraft, the Flying Doctor fleet is transporting hundreds of patients everyday. 

Inter-hospital transfers involve the transport of patients between hospital facilities. This frequently occurs when further treatment or investigations are required for the patient, which are not available at the transferring facility. Inter-hospital transfers can involve transporting patients from a country hospital to a major metropolitan hospital for life-saving treatment or a higher level of care.

Urgent transfers can involve organ transplant patients or inter-hospital transfers to see specialists. Other non-emergency patient transfers include a range of transport options for patients; including admission, discharge, medical appointments and inter-facility transfers across hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, specialist medical services, nursing and retirement homes. We ensure each transport is both timely and efficient.

In 2018/19 the RFDS transported 38,615 patients by air and 82,081 patients by road.

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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 NSW/ACT

Inter-hospital transfer involves the aeromedical transport of patients between hospital facilities.

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Mobile Patient Care TAS

Mobile Patient Care TAS

RFDS Tasmania provides non-emergency patient transport, known as Mobile Patient Care from our base located at Launceston Airport. The service is also supported by our aircraft at Essendon Airport for interstate non-emergency patient transport, providing seamless transition from bed-to-bed across the Bass Strait whilst maintaining continuity of patient care.

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Inter-hospital Transfers

RFDS Central Operations conducts over 20 aeromedical transfers every day of patients from a country hospital to a major metropolitan hospital for life-saving treatment or specialist medical treatment.

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