30th June 2010
A clearer process to determine who is eligible to use NHS patient transport to and from appointments and treatment will result in a better service for those who need it, say South Yorkshire health bosses.
From 1st July 2010 healthcare professionals will be looking more closely at their patients’ travel needs and assessing whether they meet the national eligibility criteria before booking NHS transport. In addition, efforts will be made to ensure that the only members of the public allowed to travel with patients eligible for NHS transport in South Yorkshire will be parents or carers accompanying children or adults who are considered to be vulnerable.
An agreement between the four South Yorkshire primary care trusts, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) and the local acute hospitals will see the application of national guidelines to all patient transport requests. The change will ensure spaces meant for patients are used only by patients and escorts who meet the eligibility criteria.
For more information please visit: www.rotherham.nhs.uk/about/news/Better-patient-transport.htm