Patient Transport Service
As well as dealing with '999' emergency calls, West Midlands Ambulance Service plays a key role in getting thousands of patients to their out-patient appointments. Every year, our staff complete in the region of 700,000 non-emergency Patient Transport Service (PTS) journeys. The Trust employs nearly 400 PTS staff who ensure patients get to their hospital appointments throughout the region 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The journeys are booked and co-ordinated by a dedicated regional control room based in Stafford. A smaller centre is also based at University Hospital Birmingham. Around 33 call handlers and controllers work in the highly resilient control centre dispatching around 320 vehicles.
WMAS has a vast experience of running PTS operations and has successfully won new contracts in this competitive area by being able to show that we can cater for individual patient needs. One of the key areas for us is to ensure our staff are well trained and that they have the right equipment to provide the highest quality service to our patients. PTS staff are fully trained in basic first aid; manual handling; infection prevention and control; and driving. Amongst the fleet we use, we have cars with a wheelchair capacity, ambulance vehicles which can either provide seating or be adapted to allow wheelchair access. The Trust also has a number of ambulance vehicles with stretcher capacity, should the need arise.
The eligibility criteria for using this service is set by each individual hospital. Patients will be asked to answer a series of questions by the hospital regarding their general day-to-day life in order for the hospital to make a decision about their eligibility.