Results of Transport Survey 2012
First of all, many thanks to the 996 patients who returned the survey form, and to the nurses and staff who assisted in the project. This is a very good response level and makes the results statistically significant at a 62% response rate. I daren’t forget to thank the trainees, volunteers and staff in Donor House who inputted the data from the forms.
The survey was jointly initiated by the National Renal Office (NRO) to provide an accurate national picture of patient transport to best meet the needs of patients travelling to and from haemodialysis.
The following are the main results of the survey:
The first question was on age. 66% of patients (surveyed) are 60 years and over and 45% are over 70 years old.
The question on mobility revealed that 37% of patients use a mobility aid of some description. Over 20% use a walking stick, over 5% a frame and 13.6% of patients use a wheelchair.
The distance from home to the dialysis unit answers revealed that 29% live within 10 miles of their unit and 9% travel more than 50 miles. These results allowed us to find the average distance which we calculate as 24 miles per journey which is an average total of 7,500 miles per year and overall we can now estimate from the survey that haemodialysis patients travel 12 million miles per year for their treatments.
The days of the week people are treated are as follows. Monday 54.1, Tuesday 45.3, Wednesday 57.7, Thursday 44.1, Friday 52.4, Saturday 40.5, and Sunday 10.6. How people travelled was a very important question and 10% of you drive your own cars, while 4.4% of you also selfarrange your transport and drive to and from your treatment privately. 6 people go by public transport and 6 arrange and pay for their own taxis.
83.6% of patients transport is arranged by the HSE and 3 people were using an ambulance, 723 were using taxis (73.9%) and 95 or 9.7% were provided with mini bus transport. 85% of HSE provided transport arrived on time for the journey to dialysis. Arriving early was a bigger problem at 6.7% than late at 4.6%.
In contrast only 67% of provided transport was on time for the journeys from the dialysis units. 6.5% waited 30-60 minutes and 2.2% waited over 1 hour.
There were 3 questions on assistance requirements which were answered consistently. 26-28% of patients required assistance to their vehicles.
The journey times to and from haemodialysis showed similarity as you would expect. 45% of journeys were less than 30 minutes and 35% were between 30 and 60 minutes. 19% were over 1 hour long. 1% or 10 journeys were over 2 hours. 50% of patients, using HSE transport, did not have other patients collected after them and 5% have 3 or more people travelling with them.
One-third of patients waited 15-30 minutes before starting their treatment and 13% waited longer than 30 minutes.