South East Coast Ambulance Service

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Map of the South East Coast Ambulance Service's coverage

The South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is the NHS Ambulance Services Trust for south-eastern England, covering Kent (including Medway), Surrey, West Sussex and East Sussex (including Brighton and Hove). It also covers a part of north-eastern Hampshire around Aldershot. SECAmb was made a NHS Foundation Trust on 1 March 2011 - one of only two FTs in England.

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.

The service came into being on 1 July 2006, with the merger of the former Kent Ambulance Service, Surrey Ambulance Service and Sussex Ambulance Service.


The Chief Executive of the Trust is Paul Sutton, who was previously Chief Executive Officer of Sussex Ambulance Service. The Trust's Chair is Tony Thorne.

The Trust responds to 999 calls from the public and urgent calls from health professionals: in Kent and Sussex, it also provides non-emergency patient transport services (pre-booked patient journeys to and from health care facilities). In addition, the Trust provides the crews and maintains the three ambulances of the Neonatal Transfer Service for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

It serves a population of around 4.5 million. During the financial year (2005/06) the three predecessor Trusts responded to about 460,000 emergency calls.

In January 2015 it was reported that the Trust had told paramedics to leave patients at A&E departments if they had not been admitted within 45 minutes of arrival.[1]

Regional Air Ambulance Services[edit]

Main article: Kent Air Ambulance

The ambulance region is served by two air ambulances operated by the Kent Air Ambulance Trust, the Kent Air Ambulance, and the Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance, which operate dedicated services.

In Sussex, this is supplemented by the Sussex Police Air Operations Unit, who run a helicopter jointly with SECAmb, called Hotel 900, which responds to both police and ambulance requests for assistance.

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