Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS)
The Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) provides some reimbursement to country patients and approved escorts for travel and accommodation costs.
Due to COVID-19, changes to services, visiting hours and visitor access now apply.
For more information see Barossa Hills Fleurieu LHN response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
For patients and visitors who need accommodation there are suitable choices close to the hospital. Please visit the Tourism SA website.
Telephone: (08) 8218 2362
For enquiries about train routes and bus services, visit the Adelaide Metro website.
Gawler dial-a-ride on (08) 8523 1688 or toll free 1800 205 852
Gawler Taxi and Hire Car Service on (08) 8523 1366
If a patient is transported to or from the hospital by ambulance, or between hospitals at the patient's request, they will be responsible for payments of any SA Ambulance Service accounts for transport.
Patients can only leave the hospital by ambulance if it is medically recommended by their doctor.
Please plan ahead and make private arrangements for your trip home if you are well enough to travel by car or public transport.
The Red Cross may be able to help patients via their transport service.
The Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) makes specialist medical services more accessible to rural Australians by assisting with the cost of transport and accommodation expenses when travel is more than 100 kilometres (each way) to the nearest medical specialist.