Thursday, 23 June 2016

How to Organize Transportation to and from the Hospital?

Non-Emergency Medical transportation services help thousands of people every year to move from their homes to hospitals and other important places. The service has been formed to ensure comfort and safety on road for people with disabilities, or serious injuries.

So, how should you organize transport to and from the hospital? Your choice should depend on:

  • Whether you require going to the hospital for an emergency
  • Your situation and medical condition if it is not an emergency

During an Emergency

In case of an emergency, call 999 and request for an ambulance immediately. A problem is considered a medical emergency when someone is in a life-threatening or critical condition. You do not have to pay to be driven to hospital during such situations.

Non-emergency visits to the Hospital

In case you're going to the hospital for a non-emergency treatment or test, you will be expected to arrange your own transport. Try to get a relative or friend to volunteer to take you to the medical center and drive you back after your appointment. Hospital parking is normally expensive or limited, and leaving your car overnight may not be the best of ideas. It is best to search for your local hospital online and check what type of parking facilities they offer.

You can claim a refund of the transportation cost incurred to hospital through the HTCS, if you:

  1. Do not have the funds to meet the expenses of travelling to the hospital
  2. Do not meet the eligibility criteria for PTS
  3. Cannot get a relative or friend to take you
There are certain conditions that need to be met to become eligible for a refund. You can research about this scheme online to determine your eligibility. 

Non-emergency Medical Transportation Services

One of the best forms of medical transportation is non-emergency medical transport services. These services offer 24 hour facility to and from the hospital for patients who have medical requirements. The van crew comprises of qualified medical staff, such as care assistants and nurses. Crews are trained in every aspect of emergency care and first aid. Non-emergency medical transportation vans are equipped with a range of care equipment and drugs to make sure the patient’s journey is safe.

Booking a vehicle from a non-emergency medical transportation provider is very easy. One can either log into their website to book a van according to their needs online or can simply call the service provider and request for a booking. However, before shortlisting a service it is important that their credentials are verified. Go through their reviews online and ask family and friends for recommendation. It is also extremely important that the drivers of these vans are well qualified. They should have undergone proper driver safety training and must know how to handle patients with disabilities.