Transferring critically ill or injured patients within and around (intra) the hospital requires the preparation, equipment and thought processes to be the same as transferring patients going in the back of an ambulance as the potential hazards are the same.
Each organisation will have their own intra hospital policy and documentation.
Follwing evaluation of current intra hospital transfer documentation across the NWL the Network Transfer faculty agreed to look at standardised intra hospital transfer forms. A new intra hospital transfer form was designed (by Dr Melissa Dransfield) and after consulation and refinement was agreed at the Network Joint Clinical Forum Board and launched at the Network event in December 2014.
Each site in NWL is implementing this standardised form and will be auditing locally to inform practice, support cllinical staff undertaking critical care patient transfers and improve patient safety for level 2 and level 3 intra hospital transfers.
Imperial College Healthcare Trust - Charing cross, Hammersmith, St Mary's
London North West Healthcare Trust - Central Middlesex, Ealing, Northwick Park and St Mark's
Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trusts- Brompton and Harefield hospitals