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Repatriation from tertiary units

The Network recognises a collective duty of care among all its units, to give full consideration and appropriate priority to 'repatriating' tertiary referral patients to general units nearer home, once they no longer need specialist input. This applies to patients in all tertiary centres, inside or outside the Network.

Rationale

Patients undergoing 'repatriation' should be assessed as stable for transfer, and subject to careful ICU-to-ICU handover.

Where patients are being repatriated closer to home in the expectation of poor outcome or prolonged dependency (e.g. post neurological injury), it is expected that the family will have been given a realistic prognosis prior to transfer, for consistency of message between units.

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