East Midlands Ambulance Service

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East Midlands Ambulance Service
Area size 6,425 sq miles
Population 4.8 million
Two of the vehicles operated by the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

East Midlands Ambulance Service National Health Service (NHS) Trust (EMAS) provides emergency 999, urgent care and patient transport services for the 4.8 million people within the East Midlands region of the UK - covering Derbyshire (except Glossop, Hadfield and Tintwistle), Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire (including North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

EMAS accident and emergency crews respond to over 776,000 emergency 999 calls every year. EMAS also provides over 1 million Patient transport journeys each year. They have a total of 76 bases in the East Midlands and over 800 ambulance vehicles.


EMAS frontline accident and emergency (A&E) teams of paramedics, community paramedics, technicians, nurse triage advisors, emergency care practitioners, Emergency Care Assistants (ECA's) community first responders and volunteer lifesavers are ready day or night to respond to an emergency.

EMAS services include:

  • Emergency care and transport of patients.
  • Paramedic services at incidents and medical emergencies.
  • Diagnosis and treatment or referral for minor illnesses and injuries.
  • Responding to major incidents and emergencies with the specialist Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and with air ambulance colleagues.

The Trust spent £4.3 million on voluntary and private ambulance services in 2013/4 for support in busy periods, and expects to spend a similar sum in 2014/5.[1]

Additional services[edit]

Events Medical Cover

  • A specialist team providing Medical support to major sporting, music and social events (Sometimes in partnership with volunteer organisations)

Voluntary Life Savers

  • A number of organisations that work closely with EMAS to provide emergency life-saving care to patients across the East Midlands


  • A Rapid Response vehicle operated by a paramedic or doctor to provide EMAS with an additional resource.
  • A Doctor in a fast response car fully equipped with resuscitation equipment as well as with radios, blue lights and sirens, and can act as a Doctor fast response to an incident.

Cave Rescue Support Services

  • A specialist team equipped and trained to perform cave rescues after receiving training from the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation.

The specialist CRSU team comprises a combination of paramedics and technicians.

Discontinued services[edit]

EMAS no longer provide:

  • Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services (discontinued from 2012)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nearly £8 million cost of private ambulances to cope with 999 demand". Leicester Mercury. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 

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