Non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) is for patients who require clinical monitoring or supervision during transport, but do not require a time critical ambulance response.
Most NEPT transfers occur between hospitals, or between home and hospital. Some aged care patients may also be transported to and from specialist health appointments and rehabilitation. The majority of non-emergency patient transports are provided by road, with a small number undertaken by air services.
Non-emergency patient transports need to be authorised as clinically necessary by an appropriate health professional. Authorisation considers whether there is a demonstrated clinical need as prescribed in the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Regulations 2005 (the regulations are currently under review).
These patients will:
- require the use of specialised medical equipment contained within the vehicle
- require the clinical skill levels and qualifications of the staff in the vehicle
- have an illness or a disability that makes it impractical to use any other form of transport; for example, severe immobility or disorientation.
The Ambulance transport payment guidelines for Victoria provide information on who is responsible for the payment of NEPT fees .
Transport must be booked through a NEPT provider or through Ambulance Victoria, in consultation with the patient's medical practitioner. Patients cannot make the booking themselves.
You can download a NEPT form from the Ambulance Victoria website.