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Transfer, discharge and handover


Departure of Emergency Department Patients, PD2014_025, NSW Health 17 July 2014

This policy outlines the principles for implementing a standardised approach to determining whether a patient is ready for departure from NSW Emergency Departments (EDs) once the ED phase of their care is complete.


Inter-facility Transfer Process for Adults requiring Specialist Care, PD2011_031, NSW Health, 1 June 2011

To provide a process for the inter-facility transfer of adult patients requiring specialist care where existing clinical referral pathways do not exist or access to safe and timely care is delayed. Nominated tertiary referral centres are defined and require senior clinicians with facility Patient Flow Units to coordinate the safe and timely transfer of patients.

NSW critical care tertiary referral networks (paediatrics) - PD2010_030, NSW Health, 2 June 2010

This Policy Directive relates to critically ill children requiring inter-hospital transfer and should be read in conjunction with policy



Retrieval Handover, PD2012_019, NSW Health, 19 April 2012

The purpose of this policy is to confirm the process to ensure a coordinated handover and transfer of care between hospital clinicians and medical retrieval teams. Compliance with this policy will minimise the chances of adverse events during handover of retrieval patients between hospital and retrieval teams.

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