The aim of the National Transport Medicine Programme (NTMP) is to establish and develop a comprehensive retrieval/transfer system for seriously ill babies, children and adults throughout Ireland. The work of the programme enables the timely retrieval/transfer of critically ill or severely injured patients by appropriately trained and skilled teams of healthcare professionals who get the right patient, to the right care, in the right condition, in the right time. The service operates between hospitals where patients can be transferred to another hospital for specialist treatment and when appropriate the patient can be transferred back to the original hospital for on-going care. This ensures the patient gets the most appropriate care to meet their clinical needs.
The NTMP brings Critical Care, Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Acute Medicine, Acute Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Neonatology, Nursing and Midwifery, National Ambulance Service (NAS), Primary Care and Patients together under a single programme structure.
Key objectives of the programme
- All infants, children and adults requiring critical care will receive the appropriate treatment, in the right place, at the right time, by the right people.
- Develop clinical governance structures and practices to aid improvement in quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the NTMP, ensuring best patient outcomes.
- Outline roles, responsibilities and competencies for all clinical personnel involved in retrievals and transfers.
- Ensure authority, accountability and responsibility for all members of the national retrieval teams.
- Establish a National Retrieval Coordination Desk with a single point of contact for all retrieval requests.
- Establish a National ‘live’ Bed-Bureau.
- Standardise processes, systems, structures, equipment being used in transport environment