The Patient Transport Service is a non-emergency transport service that undertakes patient transport and care to and from pre-arranged hospital and medical appointments.
Examples of non-emergency patient transport include:
- Discharges from hospital to home
- Inter hospital transfers from a major hospital to a minor hospital
- Transports to and from nursing homes for appointments or placement
- Transports to and from specialist and diagnostic centres
- Patients requiring day treatment
Patient Transport Service vehicles are not configured with monitoring or medical equipment, or pharmaceuticals. These vehicles are easily identified by the green and white checkerboard markings.
Patients transported by PTS vehicles are cared for by Patient Transport Officers (PTO). Patient Transport Officers undertake a four-week in-service training program at the Ambulance Education Centre and are trained in basic first aid with advanced resuscitation. Patient Transport Officers have the ability to administer oxygen, monitor pulse and breathing rates but are not taught blood pressure, cardiac monitoring or permitted to administer any medications or manage patients on intravenous fluids.
If you are interested in a career as a Patient Transport Officer, please click Patient Transport Officer Recruitment.