Patient Transport - Ourimbah
Calling an ambulance
It is always the responsibility of the First Aid Officer when administering First Aid to assess whether the ambulance service is required, either for more expert assistance than the First Aid Officer can provide or to transport the patient to hospital.
The ambulance service must be considered the prime source of 'second aid' so long as there is no doctor or nurse stationed on Campus.
It is important for First Aid Officers to recognise that if there is any doubt it is better to call an ambulance when it is not needed than to fail to call one when it is needed.
Non-ambulance transport for ill or injured people
It can happen that a person is sufficiently affected by illness or injury to require transport off Campus, but not so affected as to require an ambulance. This transport might be to the person's home, a doctor's surgery, a pharmacy, or somewhere else equally relevant.
In such cases, it is appropriate to call a taxi. If the ill or injured person is not in a position to pay for the taxi, the Director's Unit can be asked to authorise payment. A list will be maintained of such requests, and multiple uses by the same individual will be considered carefully.
If the First Aid Officer feels that a continued presence is required, she or he might then decide to accompany the person in the taxi. In such circumstances, the Campus, through the Director's Unit, will pay for the return journey to Campus.
First-Aid Officers, while acting in that capacity, must not provide personal transport.