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Patient transfers to University Hospital Southampton (FOI)

Patient transfers to University Hospital Southampton (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 02 September 2016.



I would like to know how many patients from Jersey Hospital have been transferred to Southampton Hospital between 1 January 2016 and 1 August 2016.


Also, how much this has cost the States.


Would it also be possible to have a list of the five most common medical problems the patients being transferred are suffering?



Transfer has been defined as the movement of patients from one hospital (Jersey General Hospital) to another hospital (University Hospital Southampton) for the continuation of ongoing treatment and care.

Under this definition, 47 transfers took place during the period 1 January 2016 to 1 August 2016.

This can be broken down as follows:

  • 38 patients being transferred by air ambulance provider using charter aircraft
  • nine patients being transferred under medical escort via scheduled flight


Total cost to the States can be broken down into the following categories:

  • transport cost by air ambulance (inclusive of charter aircraft and UK ambulance costs) equated to £124,258.04
  • transport costs associated with scheduled flight transfer (inclusive of flight and taxi costs) equated to £2,973.79
  • total treatment costs for care delivered in University Hospital Southampton for both groups of patients equated to £514,497.00 (up to the end of June)

It isn't possible to provide billing data up to 1 August 2016 at the time of replying to this request due to some patient accounts not being ‘final billed’. 

This is due to the way in which the NHS bills for treatment post discharge of patients and the timelines associated with this.


Medical Conditions:

The five most common medical reasons for transfer include:

  • paediatrics (general care associated with children)
  • general surgery (typically emergency surgery)
  • neurology (eg head injuries requiring immediate treatment)
  • oncology (eg cancer related care)
  • neonatal care (eg care of new born babies)
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