"PATS claims and new staff"
About: Meekatharra Community Health Service Meekatharra Community Health Service Meekatharra 6642 Meekatharra Hospital Meekatharra Hospital Meekatharra 6642 Patient Assisted Travel Scheme - WACHS Midwest Patient Assisted Travel Scheme - WACHS Midwest Geraldton 6530
Posted by butcherbird (as ),
I went to our local PATS (Patient Assisted Travel Scheme) office in Meekatharra Hospital recently to claim travel assistance for an elderly lady to get x-rays and injection. She was supposed to go to Geraldton a 570 km one way trip, now in the interim, she made appointments to see radiology clinic in Perth close to where her sister lives and when I went up to claim the fuel I was told, no. I asked why not and the staff member behind the counter said that I was not going to Geraldton. In my opinion, whether I go to Geraldton or Perth doesn't matter and at other times this has been approved. So I went away and rang up several people only to be told, ring this person, ring that person and in the end I got hold of the staff member in Geraldton PATS office who said, go back to the hospital to put forms in again and send to a particular staff member who overrides decisions. This was approved and a relief for the elderly lady.
What I am saying is that: you live a distance away from Geraldton and Perth, in some cases the doctor may say go to Geraldton for whatever reason, but that reason will not always be of benefit for patients. Therefore, I believe it should be made mandatory that it doesn't matter where your appointments are, that the patient gets travel assistance for return travel to Geraldton. In my opinion, it doesn't matter what circumstances, so long as the visiting specialist or hospital or doctor signs the blue PATS form and the yellow form is filled out to the best of patients knowledge.