Arrangements for Scottish Ambulance Service Patients

 Wednesday 9 December 2015

Arrangements for emergency services wishing to use the Forth Road Bridge have been agreed with Transport Scotland.

Blue light emergency vehicles, including emergency ambulances are being allowed across the Bridge for the duration of the closure.

In addition, priority patients are being allowed to cross the Bridge in a Patient Transport Service (PTS) ambulance for treatment in Edinburgh. These are oncology patients who have gone through the Patient Needs Assessment (PNA) process and have been identified as having a clinical need for this level of assistance.

The Scottish Ambulance Service continues to work in partnership with NHS Boards to maintain patient transport services.

Non-emergency patients will continue to be transported to appointments using alternative routes and hospitals, as appropriate. These patients should allow for longer journey times. 

The Patient Transport Service Team will contact patients where alternative arrangements have to be made. The Patient Transport Service Team can be contacted on 0300 123 1236.  (Charged at local rates from landlines and mobiles)

Please note that the Scottish Ambulance Service is continuing to take patients (or the person calling on behalf of a patient) through the Patient Needs Analysis process to ensure that the Patient Transport Service is made available to patients with mobility or clinical needs.
Patients are advised that NHS Lothian services are running as normal and should allow extra time for their journey. An NHS advice line has been set up for patients who need to travel into Edinburgh for hospital appointments. If you have any questions about travelling to your appointment please call 0800 028 2816.