Map of North West Ambulance Service's coverage
The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS), formerly 4 services, Cumbria Ambulance Service, Lancashire Ambulance Service, Cheshire and Mersey Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Ambulance Service (GMAS) was formed on 1 July 2006, as part of Health Minister Lord Warner's plans to reduce the number of NHS ambulance service trusts operating in the United Kingdom. Meaning that (NWAS) was given a bigger area to cover, making them the world's biggest ambulance service.
NWAS ambulance on an emergency call
It is one of 12 Ambulance Trusts providing England with Emergency medical services, and is part of the National Health Service, receiving direct government funding for its role. There is no charge to patients for use of the service, and under the Patient's charter, every person in the United Kingdom has the right to the attendance of an ambulance in an emergency.
Multiple images of an ambulance in the North West Ambulance Service at West Cumberland hospital
Based in Bolton, the new Trust provides services to almost 7 million people in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria,and the North Western fringes of Derbyshire (covering the towns of Glossop and Hadfield) in an area of some 5,500 square miles (14,000 km2).
The Trust currently operates from 114 ambulance stations and employs around 4,500 staff.
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