A transport service for The Hills and Norwest private hospitals will reduce waiting times for patients in need of rehabilitation.
The service will be used by about 95 per cent of Norwest Private Hospital's orthopedic surgery patients.
Kathy McDowell, the director of nursing at The Hills Private Hospital, said the service would help reduce the burden on the NSW patient transport service.
"The waiting times for them to pick patients up can be delayed depending on the need of everyone in the area," she said.
"They service all hospitals so they can be quite busy. At times it can be a couple of hours because they're non-urgent transfers.
"We can take two patients at a time plus a nurse escort if required. We can envisage that on a busy day there would be 10 or 12 trips made."
The vehicle was delivered on September 6 — Norwest Private Hospital's fourth birthday.
Last week it was used for the first time to transport patients.
The vehicle also came in time for the anniversary of The Hills Private Hospital's change to mental health and rehabilitation facility.
"We have a lot of medical rehab patients come here," Ms McDowell said.
"They could have gone into hospital with the flu and are just really run down and need a bit of help to get back up, so they can go back home and live independently again."