Scottish Ambulance Service


Scottish Ambulance Service

The Scottish Ambulance Service (Scottish Gaelic:"Seirbheis Charbadan-eiridinn na h-Alba") is part of the National Health Service in Scotland, and serves all of Scotland. It is a Special Health Board funded directly by the Scottish Executive Health Department.

The two main functions of the trust are the provision of an accident and emergency service to respond to 999 calls and the non-Emergency Service, which performs the role of taking patients to and from their hospital appointments.

The national headquarters are in Edinburgh and there are six divisions within the Service, namely:
* North West - (area HQ - Inverness)
* North East - (area HQ - Aberdeen)
* East Central - (area HQ - Dundee)
* South East - (area HQ - Edinburgh)
* West Central - (area HQ - Glasgow)
* South West - (area HQ - Ayr)

The service has the only publicly-funded "Air Wing" in the UK, operated under contract by Gama Aviation. The fleet consists of two Eurocopter EC-135 helicopters and two Beechcraft B200C fixed wing aircraft, which provide emergency response and transfers of patients to and from remote areas of Scotland.

Facts and figures

In 2006/07, the service: [ [http://www.scottishambulance.com/docs/Annual_Reports/annual07.pdf Scottish Ambulance Service website annual report] ]
*Responded to 569,372 accident and emergency incidents
*Carried out 1,688,194 non-emergency patient journeys
*Flew 3,109 air ambulance missions
*The average response time to life threatening calls throughout Scotland was 8.9 minutes.
*The service employs 3973 staff, of which 266 are in management and administration and 13 are board members.

References

See also

* Air Ambulances in the United Kingdom
* Emergency medical services in Scotland
* NHS Scotland

External links

* [http://www.scottishambulance.com/ Scottish Ambulance Service] Official website
* [http://www.scottishambulanceservice.co.uk/ Unofficial Site] , includes a section on the history of the Service
* [http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?airlinesearch=Scottish%20Ambulance%20Service&distinct_entry=true Airliners.net] Scottish Ambulance Service air wing pictures


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