Transport services 

  • What is the Patient Transport Service (PTS)

    Our non-emergency patient transport service is provided by G4S. G4S may use approved external sub-contractors to meet the demand of the service and/or the specific needs of our patients.

    Patient transport is a non-urgent, planned, transportation of patients with a medical need for transport to and from a premises providing NHS healthcare and between NHS healthcare providers.

    It is a service provided for patients for whom it would be detrimental to the health or recovery to attend hospital appointments by public transport or any other means (including private minicab) or those patients that needs the skills and support of trained PTS on or after the journey.

  • Can I use patient transport?

    Patients are required to make their own way to and from hospital appointments. If your medical condition affects your ability to travel safely (including with the help of friends, relatives or carers), our transport service can assess whether you meet the Department of Health and Social Care's criteria for eligibility to use this service.

    Examples of Patients who may be eligible to access this service (but not limited to) are;

    • patients who need to be transported on a stretcher
    • some wheelchair patients
    • some patients receiving oxygen
    • patients who require paramedic services
    • patients who need the support of patient transport staff during or after the journey

    Our Transport Assessment team assess patients in accordance to the Department of Health and Social Care’s Guidelines. We will only provide transport to those patients who are physically unable to make their appointment without the assistance of a trained ambulance crew.

  • How do I book patient transport for the first time?

    Your GP should request the transport for your first visit to hospital, you will then be called by our booking team for an eligibility assessment.
  • How do I book patient transport for subsequent appointments?

    If you feel that you are eligible to access the service based on the above conditions then please contact our assessment team on 0203 456 7010. This is a short, confidential telephone interview with a member of our staff to assess your transport needs against the Department of Health and Social Care’s eligibility criteria.

    If you need help to request hospital transport, a friend, relative or carer can call on your behalf.

  • How much notice should I give?

    Please contact the transport team on 020 3456 7010 as soon as you can or at least three days before your appointment to give us time to arrange your transport.
  • What can I do if I am not eligible for transport?

    If you are unhappy with the outcome you can appeal decision which will then be reviewed by the nurse led team. The Transport team will also signpost you to alternative websites with details on how to access our sites via other Transport services. Transport is provided on medical not financial need, you may be able to claim your travel costs back via the health care travel scheme.

  • Will you confirm my booking?

    Yes. On the day before your hospital appointment

    • make sure you are still coming to your appointment
    • confirm your address
    • tell you the approximate pick up time
    • check that the correct type of vehicle has been booked for you.
  • When will I be collected?

    This depends on your postcode, but you will be advised at the time of booking and again on the reminder call the day prior to travel. 

    Please be ready when transport arrives, as drivers will only wait for up to 15 minutes.

  • What happens when I get to the hospital?

    We will show you the way to the hospital reception area where a member of staff will tell you how to get to your appointment or arrange for a porter to take you there.

    A porter request can take up to 30 minutes.

  • What happens when I’m ready to go home?

    If you need to, collect any medication from the Pharmacy then let the Transport staff know that you are ready to go home.

    We will try to get you home as soon as we can. However, you may have to wait up to 90 minutes to be collected.

    It is important to note that journeys are planned to make the most effective use of our vehicles. This means that other patients may share the same vehicle with you.

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  • Can I have an escort?

    We use the Department of Health and Social Care guidelines to decide whether an escort is appropriate. We will do this as part of the assessment process.
  • Cancellations

    If your appointment is changed, or you cannot attend your appointment, please ring us as soon as possible on 020 3456 7010 to avoid wasted journeys.

 Contact details

Other information

Transport Assessment Team
Telephone: 020 3456 7010
(Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)

Complaints Department
Telephone: 020 3447 7413
Email: uclh.complaints@nhs.net

 

Service manager - Pratik Patel
Email: Pratik.patel5@nhs.net

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