South Central Ambulance Service

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South Central Ambulance Service
Created 1 July 2006 (2006-07-01)
Made foundation 1 March 2012
Region served Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire
Area size 3,554 mi2
Population > 4,000,000
Type NHS Foundation Trust
Chair Trevor Jones
Chief Exec Will Hancock
Website www.scas.nhs.uk

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is the authority responsible for providing NHS ambulance services in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire in the South East England region. It is one of 10 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.

Services[edit]

As an ambulance service, SCAS primarily responds to emergency 999 calls and calls from the NHS non-emergency number (111).

The service also provides an emergency transport service for patients in life-threatening condition and a Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS). The NEPTS transports patients unable to use public transport due to their medical conditions, patients using outpatient clinics and patients being admitted or discharged from hospital.[1] The Trust also has a commercial division, which provides first aid training to members of the public, a community equipment service and logistic services.[2]

It has a resilience and specialist operations department which plans for major or hazardous incidents.[3] This includes a Hazardous Area Repsonse Team (HART), which responds to emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear materials, as well as major incidents.[4] The Trust also trains and supports volunteer community first responders.[5]

It is the only NHS ambulance organisation in the UK to be supported by its own League of Friends, a registered charity. The South Central Ambulance League of Friends raises funds that are used to enhance the standard of care for patients, provide additional benefits for service personnel, encourage the acquisition of essential life-support skills among the public, and support the deployment of volunteer community first responders. This group had been founded in 1982 to raise funds for the former Oxfordshire Ambulance NHS Trust.[6]

History[edit]

AN SCAS Mercedes-Benz Sprinter ambulance in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust was formed on 1 July 2006, following the merger of the Royal Berkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, the Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, the Oxfordshire Ambulance NHS Trust, and part of the Two Shires Ambulance NHS Trust. The Trust achieved Foundation status on 1 March 2012, becoming known as South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS).[7]

In June 2011 it was named England's top performing ambulance service, managing to respond to 77.5% of Cat A calls within the 8 minute target time, compared to the national average of 74.9%.[8] In October 2011 the BBC discovered that SCAS spent more on private ambulance services to cover 999 calls than any other service in the country.[9]

On 1 March 2012, the Trust became an NHS Foundation Trust.[10]

In October 2013 the Trust accidentally published on its website a document listing the age, sexuality and religion of all its 2,826 staff members.[11]

It took over patient transport services in Hampshire in October 2014.[12] In 2014 the trust held a recruitment drive in Poland to help fill vacancies.[13]

Performance[edit]

Performance of SCAS is provided by national NHS England Ambulance Quality Indicators. In February 2016:

  • The Trust managed to respond to 70% of Red 1 calls^ within 8 minutes (5% below the national target)
  • 68% of Red 2 calls^ were responded to within 8 minutes (7% below the national target)
  • 93% of Red 19 calls^ were responded to within 19 minutes (2% below the national target)
  • Cardiac arrest survival rates were 16% (5% above the national average)
  • 53% of stroke patients arrived at a thrombolysis centre within 60 minutes of their calls (1% above national average)
  • The average time to answer 999 calls was 43 seconds (38 seconds below the national target)
  • There were 21,024 incidents requiring patients being taken to an A&E department
  • 42% of 999 patients being treated by paramedic crews only.[14]

Notes[edit]

1.^ A Red 1 call is assigned to patients in cardiac arrest.
2.^ A Red 2 call is assigned to other potentially life-threatening incidents, such as stroke, difficulty breathing or blood loss.
3.^ A Red 19 call is assigned to other incidents in which patient transport is needed.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Services | Patient Transport Service | South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust". www.scas.nhs.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  2. ^ Choices, N. H. S. "Overview - South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust - NHS Choices". Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  3. ^ "Our Services | Resilience and Specialist Operations | South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust". www.scas.nhs.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Our Services | Resilience and Specialist Operations | HART | South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust". www.scas.nhs.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Our Services | Community First Responders | South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust". www.scas.nhs.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Our history". South Central Ambulance League of Friends. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Local ambulance service achieves Foundation Trust status" (Press release). South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS). 1 March 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "South Central Ambulance Service has best response times". BBC News (BBC). 23 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "South Central Ambulance Service spends £10m on private providers". BBC News (BBC). 18 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "About Us | Who We Are | South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust". www.scas.nhs.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  11. ^ "South Central Ambulance Service staff data breach". BBC News (BBC). 2 June 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Thousands transported by South Central Ambulance Service". Portsmouth News (Johnston Press). 21 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "PARAMEDICS: South Central Ambulance looking abroad to fill 200 gaps in service". Milton Keynes Web. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ambulance Quality Indicators". www.ambulancestats.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 

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