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International Patient Transfer

Do you require international patient transfer? We offer a fully equipped air ambulance with doctors and nurses on board.

Here at Medical Repatriation, we are all highly qualified and have over 25 years of experience in the industry. We specialise in assisting the uninsured and offer 'bed to bed' services, so you'll always be in safe hands. If you would like a free non-binding quote, please contact us today. Prices will differ due to the length of flight and treatment required.

International Patient Transfer is a service we provide to ensure the patient is transferred from the scene of the accident back home safely to the UK. The transportation is equipped with medical necessities, such as oxygen and medication, and there will be a qualified medic with you throughout the entire process.

The transportation process will consist of air ambulances, Medevac flights and ground transportation. We will liaise with all healthcare providers from the country of your incident and make sure you get a complete medical evaluation. We will also handle all the challenges we may encounter along the way, such as immigration officers, customs and any language barriers.

Although we are based in the UK, we provide our services anywhere worldwide. Even in the hardest to access and sparsely populated locations, we will be there to help you!

The Decision to Transfer the Patient:

Transferring a patient using an international air ambulance is crucial due to any additional risk and expense to the patient. A senior consultant will usually decide to allow the transfer of a patient. They will take into account the patients health and any risks involved to the patient during the transfer. A written consent form from the patient or their relatives is mandatory and the reason for transferring the patient.

Pre-transfer Stabilisation and Preparation:

A thorough and meticulous stabilisation and patient transfers preparation must be carried out before the transfer is made. These checks will help prevent any deterioration in the clinical condition of the patient. During the patient preparation, it is vital the following are checked by following A, B, C and D.

A: Airways
B: Breathing
C: Circulation
D: Disability

Once these checks have been completed and our team is happy with the patient's stability, we can begin the transfer.

Apart from the pre-transfer checklist, all our patients are protected from the elements during their transfer. Our team will make sure they are kept warm and comfortable.

International Patient Transfer UK and Worldwide

Mode of Transfer:

The two most common transport modes for patients are ground transport, including ambulances and (MICU's) Mobile Intensive Care Units, and air transportation, including aeroplane ambulances and helicopters.

Ground transport:

Basic life-support ambulance: Each of these ambulances are fully equipped with monitoring devices to transport patients with conditions not classed as life-threatening and will provide essential life-support services.

Advanced life-support ambulance: These ambulances will provide advanced life-support services such as cardiac monitoring, defibrillation, endotracheal intubation and intravenous fluids. These ambulances are staffed and equipped for the transportation of a patient with a life-threatening condition.

MICU: This specialist medical treatment transfer vehicle is fully equipped with specialised medical services equipment and staff trained to transfer critically ill patients. In some countries, a specialist retrieval team are used in conjunction with the Mobile Intensive Care Units.

Air transport:

This mode of patient transportation has risen in developed countries. It is mainly due to the advantages of rapid transit with the added benefit of specialist medical care. Patients who have suffered significant trauma, acute stroke and acute myocardial infarction have a much-improved prognosis due to the rapid response and the appropriate medical escorts care.

Fixed-wing or aeroplane type air ambulance: This is a much faster mode of transport. They have the added provision of a pressurised cabin and less vibration and noise. Air ambulances are often used for travelling across continents and countries. 

Rotor wing or helicopter ambulance: These are often required when the travel distance is shorter, usually up to about 80 km. They can also be used to transfer patients to the hospital receiving a patient that has a helipad.

Emergency International Patient Transfer Services

Accompanying the patient:

Depending on the level of critical care a patient requires, it is recommended that at least two medical personnel accompany the patient during transportation.

Equipment, drugs, and monitoring:

In order to transfer a patient safely, the preferred mode of transport must be equipped with all the relevant instruments and drugs required for resuscitation, haemodynamic monitoring, ventilation, oxygenation and airway management.

The monitoring requirements must be decided before transfer commences, as well as the infusion of drugs.

The medical escort in charge of transferring the patient must ensure all emergency drugs are supplied. These include resuscitation drugs, analgesics, sedatives and muscle relaxants.

What Services Do We Offer?

Within our International patient transfer service, we also provide many other benefits. These services all ensure that you get home safely, and your main focus is recovery. We want you to have a stress-free experience and feel completely at ease.

Medical Escort for International Patient Transfer

Medical Escort

Throughout your journey, you will be accompanied by a qualified medical escort. They will ensure your safety and that there is always a form of transport from door to door.

Medical Escort and Transport 
Air Ambulances for International Patient Transfer

Air Ambulances

If you experience a medical emergency whilst abroad, our air ambulance service is rapid and trustworthy. We provide fast emergency medical repatriation, organise everything and can access all regions worldwide.

International Air Ambulance 
Ground Transportation for International Patient Transfer

Ground Transportation

As well as handling air transportation, we also ensure that you have the necessary ground transport to give you a smooth journey. This includes ground ambulances and taxis to get you to the hospital as quickly as possible.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few answers to our frequently asked questions. However, if you have any further questions, then please contact us today!

What countries do your services cover?

We cover anywhere worldwide; even the most rural areas. In the contact form, just give us a rough idea of your location.

What happens if I don't have medical insurance?

Our Medical Repatriation service specialises in supporting patients without insurance. So, if you fall under this category, then please don't worry.

Can you handle any level of emergency, from a minor incident to critical care?

Yes, we can handle any level of emergency. We have specific services, transportation and equipment, so we are always ready to handle anything.

Do I have to be transported to the UK?

No, we can transport patients to any hospital in any country. We are more than happy to provide our medical repatriation service, anywhere.

Transportation wise, what happens to the relative accompanying the patient?

We will take care of the transportation for the patient's accompanying relative. They will be able to travel with the patient at all times.

How do I communicate with the doctors, embassies and other health care providers?

Part of our service involves liaising with doctors, embassies and other health care providers, and we have multilingual staff.

How can I let my family know how I'm doing?

We understand this can be a stressful and scary time for families, which is why we handle everything, and will also keep family members updated.

What happens if a patient can't fly?

We do require the patient's medical records, so we can be aware of any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect flight. However, we have precautions in place, such as reducing cabin pressure, to ensure the safety of the patient.



If you would like to find out any more information about international patient transfer, please contact us today via phone call, or by filling out our contact form. We have a 24/7 call centre, so our dedicated and friendly team are always available and on hand to answer any queries, or give professional advice.