Press Releases

Staff and Volunteer Awards 2017

 Thursday 23 November 2017

Our Staff and Volunteers Awards 2017 will be taking place at The Hub in Edinburgh tonight. We will be joined by guests from the Scottish Government, m...
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Investment boost announced for Ambulance Service in Caithness

 Friday 17 November 2017

Ambulance provision in Caithness has been boosted with the announcement that funding for the service has been increased to almost half a million pound...
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Scottish Health Award Winners

 Friday 3 November 2017

The Scottish Ambulance Service was nominated in four categories and won in all of them at the ceremony in Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange last night (Thursd...
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Perthshire Paramedic Wins Top Health Award

 Friday 3 November 2017

A Paramedic Team Leader from Perthshire has won the prestigious Leader of the Year Award at the annual Scottish Health Awards. The Leader of the Year...
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Forth Valley First Responders Win Top Health Award

 Friday 3 November 2017

The Forth Valley First Responders have been recognised at the annual Scottish Health Awards, winning the prestigious Volunteer Award. The Volunteer A...
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Melrose Ambulance Teams Win Top Health Awards

 Friday 3 November 2017

Melrose ambulance station and the specialist paramedic team from Melrose have been recognised at the annual Scottish Health Awards. The station won th...
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Rise in successful resuscitations from cardiac arrest

 Monday 16 October 2017

‘World class’results for Scotland show innovative new approaches are working. There has been a rise in the number of people who are being successfully...
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World Sepsis Day

 Wednesday 13 September 2017

Every year approximately 100,000 people suffer from Sepsis in the UK. The disease causes more deaths than prostate cancer, breast cancer & HIV/AID...
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Watch our Annual Review Live

 Thursday 7 September 2017

Our Annual Review takes place on Friday 8 September. You can watch and ask questions through a live webcast from 2pm. Watch the Annual Review live ...
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Annual Review 2017: Investing In Our People, Vehicles And Equipment To Save More Lives

 Friday 8 September 2017

At the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Annual Review in Dundee today, Chairman David Garbutt, will report that significant investment is further enabling...
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£1.3 Million Investment In New Dunfermline Ambulance Station

 Thursday 31 August 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison, will officially open our new purpose built ambulance station in Dunfermline today. The new...
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Technician and Paramedic Re-banding Announced

 Thursday 24 August 2017

The Scottish Ambulance Service has announced that almost 2,600 clinicians will be moving to higher pay bands with updated job descriptions that reflec...
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Annual Review 2017

 Monday 14 August 2017

Our Annual Review will take place on Friday 8 September 2017 at the Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB. Members of the public are welcome to att...
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Mull Coach Crash: Multi-agency Response Praised

 Friday 4 August 2017

The Scottish Ambulance Service has been praised for the role it played in the multi-agency response to a coach crash on Mull last week. On the morning...
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Scottish Health awards 2017

 Monday 3 July 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Scottish Health Awards are now open. Run by the Daily Record in partnership with NHSScotland and the Scottish Government, the...
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999 is 80 years old

 Friday 30 June 2017

999 celebrates its 80th anniversary today. First introduced in London in 1937 following a fatal fire, 999 is the world’s oldest emergency call handlin...
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Think FAST

 Wednesday 28 June 2017

Every year in Scotland 15,000 people suffer from Stroke. If you suspect someone of having a stroke, call 999 immediately. Find out more ...
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Drowning Prevention Week

 Thursday 22 June 2017

Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and will run between 16 – 26 June 2017. One person d...
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Reserves Day

 Wednesday 21 June 2017

Today is Reserves Day, which celebrates all of those who make up the Reserve Forces. This is an opportunity to recognise the valuable contribution Res...
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Top Award for Dundee Ambulance Service Director

 Saturday 17 June 2017

Lewis Campbell, Regional Director for the Scottish Ambulance Service East Region, has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal. Based in Dunde...
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Counter Terrorism Awareness Week

 Monday 12 June 2017

Police Scotland has today (12 June) launched a targeted week of action to promote counter-terrorism activity across the country. In response to the t...
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What matters to you

 Monday 5 June 2017

On Tuesday 6 June, we will be joining colleagues across the NHS in Scotland by promoting ‘What matters to you?’ day. This important initiative encour...
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Gaelic Language Plan

 Wednesday 19 April 2017

The Scottish Ambulance Service has developed a Gaelic Language Plan. The plan provides details of the work to be taken forward over the next five year...
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Incident at Grangemouth

 Tuesday 2 May 2017

Emergency services have responded to a major incident following a gas leak at the Ineos site at Grangemouth. The incident was initially reported at ...
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New ambulance funding for Caithness

 Thursday 30 March 2017

Plans to increase ambulance provision in Caithness have been announced by the Scottish Ambulance Service and NHS Highland. The investment follows a re...
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Registration to Resuscitation Campaign Launch

 Tuesday 7 March 2017

The Scottish Ambulance Service is appealing to communities across Scotland to register potentially life-saving public access defibrillators on its ded...
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Edinburgh Paramedic Wins Top Service Award

 Wednesday 8 February 2017

Callum Johnston, a Scottish Ambulance Service Area Service Manager from Edinburgh, has won a prestigious Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF) Award for hi...
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DIGGING IN - Construction Work Starts on New Stirling Care Village

 Monday 23 January 2017

Enthusiasm was evident in spades when key partners involved in the development of the new Stirling Care Village got together to cut the first sods to ...
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Scottish Ambulance Service Manager Awarded Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal in Queen’s Honours List

 Monday 2 January 2017

John Alexander, Head of Service for the Scottish Ambulance Service South East Division, has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service medal in the Qu...
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Hogmanay Demand

 Sunday 1 January 2017

Ambulance staff had a busy night across Scotland on Hogmanay as they dealt with 2,184 calls to Ambulance Control Centres between 7pm on New Year’s Eve...
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2016

 Thursday 29 December 2016

The Scottish Ambulance Service is celebrating 2016 in pictures. Here is a slide show of all our key achievements, improvements and milestones. A big t...
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Health Secretary thanks workers behind the scenes

 Monday 26 December 2016

Health Secretary Shona Robison has thanked some of the behind-the-scenes NHS workers who keep the health service running over the festive period. She ...
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All I need for Christmas

 Thursday 22 December 2016

Emergency services are joining forces to appeal to the public to stay safe as they expect to receive on average over 12,000 calls daily on Friday 23 D...
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Scotland unites to boost festive blood donations

 Tuesday 6 December 2016

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) has joined forces with the Scottish Ambulance Service to highlight the importance of giving bl...
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Incredible Staff Achievements

 Thursday 24 November 2016

The Scottish Ambulance Services celebrated the achievements of its most inspiring and committed staff at its annual staff awards event last night (Thu...
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New Clinical Response Model

 Wednesday 23 November 2016

The Scottish Ambulance Service is piloting a new clinical response model over the next 12 months which will save more lives and improve patient care a...
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Ready for Winter

 Thursday 10 November 2016

Emergencies can happen at any time. With a few small steps you can prepare your family, your home and your business for the unexpected things that can...
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‘Horseshoe Baby’ Darcy Turns One

 Tuesday 8 November 2016

Scottish Ambulance Service Paramedics were invited to one year old Darcy Fleming’s birthday party yesterday (6 November) which was a bit more planned ...
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'Think Fast. Acting Faster' - Scottish Ambulance Service New Stroke Film Highlights the Need for Fast Action

 Thursday 27 October 2016

The Scottish Ambulance Service has released a brand new film to coincide with World Stroke Day (29 October) to highlight the need for fast action when...
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Scottish Ambulance Service Celebrates Being Shortlisted for Air Ambulance of the Year Awards

 Tuesday 25 October 2016

Nominations for both ‘Doctor of the Year’ and ‘Special Incident of the Year’ awards The Scottish Ambulance Service is celebrating being shortlisted fo...
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Scottish Ambulance Service celebrates highest recognition for employer support to the Armed Forces

 Friday 21 October 2016

The Scottish Ambulance Service is celebrating being awarded a gold award in the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), which recognises and thanks employe...
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Sarah's story on Restart a Heart Day

 Tuesday 18 October 2016

European Restart a Heart Day has particular significance for Sarah Howard Stone, PA to the Scottish Ambulance Service’s Medical Director, who is a sur...
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Mylo presents a cheque to the SCOTSTAR team

 Wednesday 12 October 2016

Four year old cardiology patient Mylo McLean from Elgin, presented a cheque for £2500 to members of SCOTSTAR (Scottish Specialist Transport and ...
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Nominations Now Open for the Scottish Ambulance Service Staff and Volunteer Awards

 Wednesday 5 October 2016

Help us celebrate our achievements and vote for your ambulance hero! The Scottish Ambulance Service is asking you to nominate an individual or team i...
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Ambulance Paramedic Recognised for his Heroism

 Thursday 6 October 2016

Scott McKeating, an Ambulance Paramedic from Bathgate; was a winner at the prestigious Brave@Heart awards ceremony at Edinburgh Castle on Tuesday even...
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Heading in the Right Direction

 Wednesday 5 October 2016

David Garbutt, Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service, reported at this year’s Annual Review that the evidence-based approach being taken to desig...
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Watch our Annual Review

 Wednesday 5 October 2016

Our Annual Review is taking place today (Wednesday 5 October). You can watch it live from 10am. You can read At A Glance here and our Self Assessment ...
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New Ambulance Response Aims to Save More Lives

 Friday 30 September 2016

The Scottish Ambulance Service is to pilot a new response system which aims to save more lives and improve the quality of care for patients. Patients ...
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Save a Life at Military Tattoo

 Tuesday 6 September 2016

Thousands of visitors to one of Scotland’s biggest events had the chance to learn life-saving CPR this month. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is o...
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Emergency workers face shocking levels of alcohol-related abuse, new figures reveal

 Wednesday 24 August 2016

Police officers, paramedics and firefighters have been punched, threatened and spat on as they stand on the front line at times of emergency. But now ...
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Techie Ryan's Blog

 Monday 1 August 2016

Ryan has just started his training to become a qualified Ambulance Technician with the Scottish Ambulance Service. Follow his journey on his blogas he...
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1,000 New Paramedics to be Trained

 Wednesday 13 July 2016

A thousand new Paramedics will be trained to work in the Service over the next five years, the Scottish Government has committed today. More Paramedi...
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Scottish Health Awards 2016

 Monday 11 July 2016

Nominations for the Scottish Health Awards is now open. Is there somebody who has genuinely made a difference to your life or to that of your family? ...
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T in the Park

 Thursday 7 July 2016

T in the Park begins later this week at Strathallan Castle. We will be there from 7-11 July providing on-site medical cover. Listen to Nick's advice t...
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Scottish Cardiac Arrest Symposium

 Wednesday 22 June 2016

The 4th Scottish Cardiac Arrest Symposium is taking placetoday (Friday 24 June). This year’s theme is SHIFT Happens. Change is happening in the way we...
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Technology Specialist Wins Queen's Ambulance Service Medal

 Monday 13 June 2016

David Kinnaird, Head of ICT Projects for the Scottish Ambulance Service, has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal. During 22 years of ser...
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£1 million investment in Telehealth

 Friday 10 June 2016

The Scottish Ambulance Service is investing £1 million in the second phase of a programme to upgrade the technology on emergency ambulances as part of...
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New £4.5 Million Ambulance Air Base Opened

 Friday 11 March 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, formally opened a new, purpose built base for air ambulance and clinical retrieval te...
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Specialist Transport and Retrieval

 Thursday 28 January 2016

Specialist Transport and Retrieval (SCOTSTAR) is a national service that provides safe transfer for some of the sickest patients within NHS Scotland. ...
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What matters to you?

 Monday 6 June 2016

Today is ‘What matters to you?’ Day. The aimof the day is to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and...
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Stroke Awareness Month

 Wednesday 11 May 2016

Over 12,000 people in Scotland have a stroke every year. Do you know what the symptoms are? Find out more...
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Family Bequest Funds New Helipad on Cumbrae

 Friday 29 April 2016

The Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service, David Garbutt, today unveiled a plaque dedicated to the Kerr family, who donated £180,000 to create a ...
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Scottish Ambulance Service to Train 200 More Paramedics

 Monday 14 March 2016

The Scottish Ambulance Service will invest £5 million this year to train an additional 200 Paramedics for frontline care in Scotland. The programme wi...
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£2.2 Million Investment in New Aberdeen Ambulance Station

 Friday 4 March 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, formally opened a new, purpose built ambulance station in Aberdeen today. The new fac...
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Public Representatives

 Thursday 11 February 2016

Do you have a few hours to spare to help us improve the quality of care we provide to our patients? If the answer is yes, why not become a public repr...
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Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

 Friday 5 February 2016

A report on exploring the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour of the general public to responding to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has been published...
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Storm Frank

 Wednesday 30 December 2015

The Scottish Ambulance Service are currently responding to multiple incidents across Scotland relating to Storm Frank and general high levels of festi...
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Our Draft Gaelic Language Plan

 Wednesday 13 January 2016

The Scottish Ambulance Service has been working over the last few months to develop a draft Gaelic Language Plan which will take our work in this area...
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Our Draft Gaelic Language Plan

 Friday 27 November 2015

The Scottish Ambulance Service has been working over the last few months to develop a draft Gaelic Language Plan which will take our work in this area...
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Another busy hogmanay for Ambulance Service

 Friday 1 January 2016

Ambulance staff had a busy night across Scotland on Hogmanay as they dealt with 2,149 calls to Ambulance Control Centres between 7pm on Hogmanay and 7...
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Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal For Bassett

 Thursday 31 December 2015

Paul Bassett, General Manager for the Scottish Ambulance Service South East Division, has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal. Paul has b...
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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, inc...
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Forth Road Bridge Closure

 Tuesday 8 December 2015

Ambulances will continue to travel across the Forth Road Bridge when responding to emergencies. Arrangements are being made to maintain ambulance tran...
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Record weekend emergencies

 Monday 21 December 2015

Over the weekend Scottish Ambulance Service emergency teams responded to nearly 6,000 incidents, making it the busiest of the year for 999 calls. In t...
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Alcohol fuels ambulance assaults

 Tuesday 15 December 2015

The majority of ambulance staff say they have been assaulted when responding to incidents involving alcohol and it is a factor in more than half of al...
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Misuse of 999 Can Delay Ambulances

 Thursday 10 December 2015

The Scottish Ambulance Service is asking the public to use the 999 service properly and stop inappropriate calls that waste valuable time and resource...
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Traffic Advice

 Monday 7 December 2015

Traffic Scotland have set up a page on their website giving travel advice if you usually cross the Forth Road Bridge. Find out more...
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Service Prepared for Festive Surge

 Thursday 3 December 2015

Ambulance teams across Scotland are geared up to respond to a surge in emergency incidents over the festive season as part of its extensive winter pre...
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Save a Life for Scotland

 Thursday 15 October 2015

A national campaign which aims to train half a million people to carry out life-saving CPR will be launched on Friday 16 October. It is estimated tha...
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Staff and Volunteers Hounoured in Ambulance Awards

 Friday 30 October 2015

The dedication and commitment of ambulance staff and volunteers in Scotland was recognised in a unique awards ceremony in Edinburgh. The winners of th...
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Ready for Winter

 Wednesday 18 November 2015

Make sure you are not caught out this winter. A few simple actions can mean you're ready for whatever winter brings. Find out more...
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National Conversation

 Thursday 8 October 2015

A national conversation about the long term future of health and social care services in Scotland has begun. The conversation will seek agreement on h...
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Unique Procurement Shortlisted for Award

 Tuesday 29 September 2015

The Scottish Ambulance Service has been shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Government Excellence in Public Procurement Awards for a unique initi...
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£1.2m investment in New East Kilbride Ambulance Station

 Thursday 24 September 2015

David Garbutt, Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service, formally opened a new purpose built ambulance station in East Kilbride today. The new facil...
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New Base for Patient Retrieval Teams is a First

 Monday 21 September 2015

Scotland’s national specialist transport and retrieval service for critically ill NHS patients, SCOTSTAR, has moved into a new purpose build base at G...
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New SEPSIS screening tool will save lives

 Tuesday 15 September 2015

The Scottish Ambulance Service has developed a new Sepsis Screening Tool designed to help ambulance crews identify the conditions as early as possible...
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Nominate Your Ambulance Hero

 Tuesday 18 August 2015

Nominations Now Closed Members of the public are being asked to take part in the Scottish Ambulance Service annual staff and volunteer recognition awa...
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Ambulance Service is Saving More Lives

 Friday 28 August 2015

658 out of hospital cardiac arrest lives saved The Scottish Ambulance Service is saving more lives by developing clinical skills and treatment, refin...
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New Air Ambulance Helicopters will Enhance Patient Care

 Friday 26 June 2015

The Scottish Ambulance Service will operate one of the most advanced publicly funded air ambulance services in the world after taking delivery of two ...
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Annual Review

 Friday 24 July 2015

This year the Scottish Ambulance service Annual Review will be held on 28 August at the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre, Clydebank, Glasgow. We ...
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See the Next Generation of Air Ambulance

 Tuesday 7 July 2015

Last week the public in Arran, Islay and Mull were able to see the new helicopters. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulty and bad weather, the ai...
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Air Ambulance Tour

 Saturday 4 July 2015

Due to the bad weather we have postponed the Air Ambulance tour of Orkney today and Shetland tomorrow. We would like to apologise to everybody who was...
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Scotland’s First Paramedical Practice PhD Graduate

 Friday 19 June 2015

Scotland’s first Paramedical Practice PhD graduate will be recognised at Stirling University on 25 June. David Fitzpatrick, Paramedic Clinical Researc...
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New Pilot Scheme Upgrades Skills and Resources for North East and Isles

 Wednesday 17 June 2015

The Scottish Ambulance Service has invested £200,000 in a new training initiative for the North East and Northern Isles to upgrade resources and clini...
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Queen’s Ambulance Medal for Garry Fraser

 Monday 15 June 2015

The Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal has been awarded to Garry Fraser, Scottish Ambulance Service General Manager for South West Scotland and the Air A...
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New £1.9 Million Ambulance Station Opened in Melrose

 Monday 8 June 2015

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, formally opened a new, purpose built ambulance station in Melrose today. The facility...
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Patient Opinion

 Thursday 21 May 2015

Patient Opinion is an independent online forum which allows patients and carers to give us feedback on their experiences with the Scottish Ambulance S...
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Air Ambulance is First to Land at New Southern General

 Monday 30 March 2015

The first aircraft to fly into the state-of-the-art helipad on the roof of the new 14 storey Southern General hospital was a Scottish Ambulance Servic...
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New Strategy Launched To Save More Lives From Cardiac Arrest

 Friday 27 March 2015

A new strategy has been launched which aims to save 1,000 lives from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) over the next five years. Scotland’s Out-o...
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Air Ambulance Is First To Land At New Southern General

 Thursday 26 March 2015

The first aircraft to fly into the state-of-the-art helipad on the roof of the new 14 storey Southern General hospital was a Scottish Ambulance Servic...
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Stornoway Paramedic Wins National Patient Safety Award

 Wednesday 4 March 2015

A Stornoway Ambulance Paramedic is the first winner of a new national awards scheme that recognises improvements in patient care and safety. Elma MacL...
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Dufftown Station Doubles in Size in £250k Extension

 Wednesday 18 February 2015

The Scottish Ambulance Service has invested £250,000 in a major expansion to Dufftown ambulance station, doubling the size of the facility. The initi...
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Investing in future of Scottish Ambulance Service

 Monday 16 February 2015

£2m funding to support delivery of vision An additional £2 million of Scottish Government funding is to be invested in the Scottish Ambulance Service...
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Ambulances in £3.5 million Telehealth Boost

 Tuesday 3 February 2015

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) is investing £3.5 million in the first phase of a programme to upgrade the technology on emergency ambulances as ...
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Towards 2020: Taking Care to the Patient

 Monday 2 February 2015

On Tuesday 3 Februarywe will be launching our refreshed strategy ‘Towards 2020: Taking Care to the Patient’. This outlines our approach to delivering ...
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Hogmanay is Busiest Night of the Year for Ambulance Service

 Thursday 1 January 2015

Hogmanay was the busiest night of the year for the Scottish Ambulance Service, which dealt with 2,394 calls to its 999 centres across Scotland. Call v...
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Honours for Ambulance Staff

 Wednesday 31 December 2014

The work and commitment of three members of the Scottish Ambulance Service has been recognised in this year’s New Year Honours: Pauline Howie, Chief E...
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First Minister Thanks Emergency Services for their Work over the Festive Period

 Monday 22 December 2014

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has praised the commitment of Scotland’s emergency services and is thanking them for their work over the festive period...
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Alcohol Fuels Festive 999 Surge

 Thursday 18 December 2014

Ambulance crews across Scotland are bracing themselves for an increase in 999 incidents over the festive period, many of which will be driven by exces...
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Award for Support of Britain’s Reserve Forces

 Tuesday 16 December 2014

The Scottish Ambulance Service was recently awarded a Silver Award in recognition for its outstanding support to the UK’s Armed Forces, Regular and Re...
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Life Saving Service Reaches Ten-year Milestone

 Wednesday 3 December 2014

The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Shona Robison, met members of the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) and ambulance paramedics ...
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James Says Thanks

 Monday 1 December 2014

Four-year old James Roy was all smiles when he met the ambulance team that saved his life after he choked on a grape. James had been having lunch at w...
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£500k Investment in New Falkirk Ambulance Station

 Friday 21 November 2014

David Garbutt, Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service, formally opened a new ambulance station in Falkirk today which has benefitted from a £500,0...
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North of Scotland Ambulance Staff Recognised

 Tuesday 18 November 2014

An IT training officer who played a key role in transforming the Patient Transport Service in the North of Scotland and an Inverness specialist cleane...
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Get Ready for Winter

 Thursday 6 November 2014

With winter fast approaching, it's time to get ready! Take an hour to prepare now and you could save yourself a lot of trouble later. Read more...
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West of Scotland Ambulance Staff Recognised

 Thursday 23 October 2014

A Paramedic who recently lost a battle with cancer and a Driver/Handyman were among those recognised at a special awards ceremony for Scottish Ambulan...
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Pioneering Cardiac Initiative Heads for Glasgow

 Wednesday 15 October 2014

The Scottish Ambulance Service has announced plans to roll out its pioneering “3RU” initiative to Glasgow in a move that will increase survivability f...
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Public Access Defibrillators

 Friday 10 October 2014

Funding of £100,000 has allowed us to purchase a number of defibrillators and cabinets to deploy across the country. An application process for these...
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Dementia Initiative Launched

 Tuesday 7 October 2014

Scottish Ambulance Service clinicians are set to benefit from a new resource on dementia which has been designed and developed by NHS Education for Sc...
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Awards Honour East of Scotland Ambulance Staff

 Wednesday 1 October 2014

The dedication and commitment of ambulance staff from the East of Scotland has been recognised in a special awards ceremony. The winners were nominate...
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Youngster Meets Team Who Saved His Life After Car Accident

 Friday 19 September 2014

A schoolboy, who suffered critical injuries at a roadside when he was hit by a car, has been re-united with the team who saved his life. Luke Minto,11...
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Outstanding Commitment from Ambulance Staff

 Wednesday 13 August 2014

Ambulance staff across Scotland showed their commitment and dedication to patients during the Commonwealth Games, maintaining high standards of care, ...
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Health Secretary Praises Staff

 Friday 1 August 2014

NHS Scotland staff have “played a vital role in helping make the Commonwealth Games a massive success”, Health Secretary Alex Neil said today. Mr Nei...
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Ambulance Service Maintains 6.5 Minute Average Response to Life Threatening Emergencies

 Friday 20 June 2014

In the last year the Scottish Ambulance Service maintained its average response time of 6.5 minutes to the most serious life threatening calls, despit...
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Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal for Herriot

 Monday 16 June 2014

Mike Herriot, General Manager, National Risk and Resilience Department, has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal. Mike is known as a visi...
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£325K Upgrade for Blairgowrie Ambulance Station

 Thursday 5 June 2014

David Garbutt, Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service, formally opened a new look ambulance station in Blairgowrie after a £325,000 investment to ...
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Annual Review

 Thursday 22 May 2014

The Scottish Ambulance Service Annual Review will be chaired by David Garbutt, Chair, Scottish Ambulance Service on Friday 20 June 2014 at Carnegie Co...
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Heroes Award for Paramedics

 Monday 12 May 2014

A team of paramedics from Glasgow were presented with the Daily Record Emergency Services Heroes Award by the 3 year old whose life they saved. Little...
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Award Recognises Edinburgh Cardiac Team

 Friday 9 May 2014

The Resuscitation Rapid Response Unit (3RU) in Edinburgh was recognised last night at the BMJ Awards, winning the Emergency Team of the Year Award. T...
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Stuart Thanks Ambulance Team

 Wednesday 30 April 2014

Stuart Duncan had an emotional reunion yesterday with the ambulance team in Glenrothes that saved his life when he had a cardiac arrest on February 10...
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A new number for NHS 24

 Tuesday 29 April 2014

A new free and easy to remember number for NHS 24 in Scotland is now up and running. People looking for medical help and advice can, from today (Tuesd...
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First Tri-emergency Service Station Opens at Tomintoul

 Tuesday 29 April 2014

The first tri-emergency service station in Scotland has opened in Tomintoul strengthening links with the local community. The new facility will provid...
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New Ambulance Station Opened in Prestonpans

 Thursday 10 April 2014

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Alex Neil, formally opened a new, purpose built ambulance station in Prestonpans, East Lothian today...
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Support for Defibrillator Campaign

 Thursday 10 April 2014

The Scottish Ambulance Service supports the Daily Record’s campaign for more public access defibrillators in Scotland. Over 1500 Scots died from an ou...
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New National Retrieval Service

 Monday 31 March 2014

A world-class national specialist transport and retrieval service for critically ill NHS patients in Scotland will go live tomorrow (1 April). Called ...
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£0.5 Million Boost for Island Ambulances

 Tuesday 18 March 2014

The Scottish Ambulance Service has invested £500,000 in ten new specially adapted 4x4 ambulances for the Northern Isles. The new vehicles will be del...
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New £4.3 Million Station Opens in Fort William

 Friday 28 February 2014

A new purpose built ambulance station has been opened in Fort William that is shared with Police Scotland, creating a major new partner-working facili...
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Cardiac Team Shortlisted for Award

 Monday 24 February 2014

The Rapid Response Resuscitation (3RU) team in Edinburgh has been shortlisted for the BMJ Awards in the Emergency Team of the Year category. The 3RU ...
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Funding for Life Saving Equipment

 Monday 24 February 2014

Local communities across Scotland are to benefit from a £100,000 investment to increase the number of public access defibrillators across Scotland. Th...
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Ambulance Support

 Wednesday 12 February 2014

Our Patient Transport Service provides ambulances to patients who need support to reach their healthcare appointment, or for their admission to and di...
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Public Meetings

 Wednesday 8 January 2014

You are invited to attend one of our annual Patient Focus Public Involvement (PFPI) public meetings in February this year. The meetings will provide p...
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Busy Hogmanay for Ambulance Service

 Wednesday 1 January 2014

Hogmanay was the busiest night of the year for the Scottish Ambulance Service, which dealt with 2,423 calls to its 999 centres across Scotland. Call v...
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New Year Honours

 Tuesday 31 December 2013

Jim Dickie, Head of Ambulance Services in Forth Valley, has been awarded the Queen's Ambulance Medal in the New Year Honours. Jim joined the Scottish ...
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Update – Major Incident at Clutha Vaults in Glasgow

 Saturday 30 November 2013

The Scottish Ambulance Service responded to the helicopter incident at Clutha Vaults with 10 ambulances,four paramedic response units andsix officers,...
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Service asks Public to Use 999 Sensibly

 Monday 23 December 2013

The Scottish Ambulance Service is asking the public to use the 999 service sensibly and put a stop to the number of inappropriate calls that waste val...
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Lockerbie Disaster 25th Anniversary

 Friday 20 December 2013

25 years ago Scottish Ambulance Service teams responded to the tragic air disaster in Lockerbie, working with other responders through the night and o...
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Service Braced for Festive Surge in 999 Calls

 Thursday 19 December 2013

Ambulance crews across Scotland are prepared to respond to around 6,000 extra emergency incidents over the festive season, most of which will involve ...
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EC135 Air Ambulance Helicopter Update

 Saturday 14 December 2013

The EC135 air ambulance helicopters based in Inverness and Glasgowhave been cleared by Bond to resume flying operations andare now operational. ...
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Patient Partnership in Practice

 Wednesday 11 December 2013

Patient Partnership in Practice is looking for for new lay members who would be willing to meet to discuss and develop practical solutions to common i...
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Tribute to David Traill

 Monday 9 December 2013

Read atribute to David Traill, who sadly died in the Clutha bar tragedy on 29 November. Read the tribute...
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Adverse Weather

 Thursday 5 December 2013

The Service has experienced an increase of 27% in demand today (Thursday5 December) due to adverse weather. These include road traffic accidents, fall...
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Glasgow Helicopter Incident: Visit by Deputy Prime Minister

 Wednesday 4 December 2013

DeputyPrime MinisterNick Clegg visited the site of the Glasgow crash yesterday and met with Scottish Ambulance Service staff who responded to the scen...
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Glasgow Helicopter Incident: Ministers Meet Ambulance Crew Involved in Recovery

 Monday 2 December 2013

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has paid tribute to the emergency services as she met crew members from the Scottish Ambulance Service at Spring...
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Update – Major Incident at Clutha Bar in Glasgow

 Monday 2 December 2013

Further to the tragic events on Friday 29th November 2013 at the Clutha Bar in Glasgow, the Scottish Ambulance Service is continuing to work closely w...
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Recognition for West of Scotland Ambulance Staff

 Thursday 3 October 2013

An IT specialist based in the Cardonald 999 Ambulance Control centre, who has dedicated his 40 year career to developing and maintaining critical life...
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Ambulance Staff Recognised at Brave@Heart Awards

 Wednesday 2 October 2013

Two Ambulance Care Assistants from Glasgow who rescued brothers from a burning car were presented with the Scottish Government’s Brave@heart Award in ...
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Recognition for East of Scotland Ambulance Staff

 Monday 9 September 2013

An ambulance paramedic in Cupar who has dedicated his career to delivering quality patient care, supporting staff and involving the local community in...
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Pioneering Cardiac Project Saves More Lives

 Thursday 5 September 2013

World leading project increases cardiac survival in Edinburgh A small team of Scottish Ambulance Service staff in Edinburgh are part of a pioneering p...
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Recognition for Northern Ambulance Staff

 Monday 2 September 2013

The dedication and commitment of ambulance staff in the north of Scotland has been recognised in a special awards ceremony held by the Scottish Ambula...
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Annual Review Webcast

 Wednesday 14 August 2013

The performance of the Scottish Ambulance Service is assessed by the Government Health Department through the Annual Review process. The review includ...
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Record Response for Ambulance Service

 Thursday 15 August 2013

At its Annual Public Review today, the Scottish Ambulance Service confirmed that it reached more patients in life threatening situations faster than ...
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Success Means West Ardnamurchan Emergency Responder Model to Continue

 Thursday 25 July 2013

The Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), David Garbutt, met with West Ardnamurchan Community Council members in Kilchoan to confirm the E...
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Annual Review 2013

 Thursday 11 July 2013

The performance of the Scottish Ambulance Service is assessed by the Government Health Department through the Annual Review process.The review include...
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Queen’s Ambulance Medal for Daren Mochrie

 Tuesday 18 June 2013

Daren Mochrie, Director of service Delivery for the Scottish Ambulance Service, has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal. Daren joined the NHS 25...
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World Leading Cardiac Pilot will Save Lives

 Wednesday 12 June 2013

Paramedics in Scotland are undertaking blood analysis of cardiac patients in a world leading trial in the Borders that will produce vital test data in...
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Lift off for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance

 Wednesday 22 May 2013

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance is ready for lift off. The country’s first and only charity-funded air ambulance helicopter takes to the skies today,...
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Our equality and diversity work for 2013 and beyond

 Friday 26 April 2013

The Scottish Ambulance Service has been working over the last few months to develop equality outcomes which will take our equalities work forward over...
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New £1.4 Million Ambulance Station Opened in Kilmarnock

 Monday 15 April 2013

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Alex Neil, formally opened a new, purpose built ambulance station in Kilmarnock today. The facility ...
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Board Approves Plans for National Retrieval Service

 Thursday 4 April 2013

The Scottish Ambulance Service has approved detailed proposals for a world class national specialist transport and retrieval service for critically il...
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Ambulance Service Plans for Easter Increase in 999 Calls

 Friday 29 March 2013

The Scottish Ambulance Service expects the combination of holidays on Friday and Monday, payday this week for many and continued bad weather to create...
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Equality Outcomes

 Friday 15 March 2013

The Scottish Ambulance Service has been working over the last few months to develop equality outcomes which will take our equalities work forward over...
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Work Starts on New Fort William Station

 Wednesday 27 February 2013

Work has begun on a new £4.7 million Area Command Police building in Fort William that will become the home to the Scottish Ambulance Service in a joi...
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Self Assessment public meetings 2013

 Wednesday 23 January 2013

As part of our annual self assessment of public involvement the Service will be visiting five areas of Scotland in February 2013 to talk to patients a...
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Enhanced Air Ambulance Access for Shetland Outer Isles

 Tuesday 12 February 2013

The Scottish Ambulance Service has completed an initiative to create new lit helicopter landing sites on Shetland’s outer isles that will enhance acce...
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Your Scottish Ambulance Service

 Tuesday 5 February 2013

We have launched a new patient engagement website called Your Scottish Ambulance Service. On the site you are able to give us feedback, take part in o...
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Army skills for civilian medics

 Monday 14 January 2013

Life-saving medical equipment developed in war zones is being used on a daily basis across Scotland. See a BBC report where Cameron Buttle hears about...
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Honours for Ambulance Saff

 Friday 4 January 2013

This year’s New Year Honours list recognised the work and commitment of four members of the Scottish Ambulance Service. •Gary Hardacre, Head of Risk a...
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Another Busy Hogmanay for the Ambulance Service

 Tuesday 1 January 2013

Ambulance staff had a busy night across Scotland on Hogmanay as they dealt with an increase in calls to Ambulance Control Centres. Between 7pm on Hogm...
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Service Wants Inappropriate 999 Calls to Stop

 Thursday 20 December 2012

The Scottish Ambulance Service is asking the public to use the 999 service properly and put a stop to the number of inappropriate calls that waste val...
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Service Gears Up For Festive Surge In Emergency Demand

 Tuesday 11 December 2012

Ambulance crews across Scotland will have to deal with a 20% increase in emergency incidents over the festive season, most of which will be alcohol re...
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Charity Air Ambulance for Scotland

 Tuesday 27 November 2012

Scotland is in line for its first and only charity-funded air ambulance helicopter. The life-saving venture has been given the green light by the Scot...
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Hands only CPR

 Monday 19 November 2012

Vinnie Jones is back in the British Heart Foundation's new TV advert showing us how hard and fast Hands-only CPR to Stayin' Alive by the Bee Gees can ...
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£34m for new ambulances

 Monday 21 May 2012

Replacement fleet gets the green light The Scottish Ambulance Service will receive £34.3 million over the next four years to replace more than 570 veh...
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Loganair to support the Service with Outer Isles air transfer for non emergency patients

 Friday 11 May 2012

Non-emergency patients in the outer Orkney Isles who do not need immediate medical treatment but have to transfer to Kirkwall for further care can now...
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Fife Golfer is Stayin Alive

 Wednesday 28 March 2012

A Fife golfer was recently reunited with the team that saved his life after he collapsed with a cardiac arrest while playing on Charlston Golf Course,...
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Are you Ready for Winter

 Thursday 15 November 2012

You can prepare for all kinds of severe weather by planning ahead and taking simple steps to protect your home, family and business. Find out how yo...
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Recognition for West of Scotland Ambulance Staff

 Thursday 25 October 2012

A mechanic who works tirelessly in all weathers to keep ambulances running in Glasgow and Paisley is amongst staff who have been recognised in this ye...
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New Upgrade will Improve Patient Transport Service

 Monday 22 October 2012

Patients in central and east of Scotland who have a medical condition or mobility need that requires ambulance transport to get to their healthcare ap...
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Couple Thank 999 Call Handler

 Thursday 11 October 2012

Ambulance call handler Bobby Garvie met the first baby that he helped deliver over the phone when parents Lindsay Murray and Ian Lumsden visited the E...
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Life saving partnership

 Friday 16 March 2012

As part of a unique partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service, Scotmid has taken delivery of 30 public access defibrillators to help save the li...
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Double award wins for ambulance managers

 Thursday 4 October 2012

The work of two Scottish Ambulance Service managers was recognised on the same day this week by two different awards programmes, highlighting their co...
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Young Driver Roadshow

 Tuesday 28 February 2012

Road Safety Grampian are visiting various towns across the North East in the coming months, to meet Young Drivers and talk through road safety issues ...
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£375k Upgrade for Kirkcaldy Ambulance Station

 Friday 18 May 2012

David Garbutt, Chairman of the Scottish Ambulance Service, formally opened a new look ambulance station in Kirkcaldy after a £375,000 investment to up...
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Continued Fall in Complaints

 Wednesday 26 September 2012

Figures released by the Information Services Division of NHS National Services Scotland show that, for the second year running, complaints about the S...
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Charlie's Angels

 Wednesday 19 September 2012

Do you know what the symptoms and signs of a heart attack? Charlie, from Cumbernauld, had felt some chest pain while on holiday, but dismissed it as ...
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Support for World Sepsis Day 13/09/2012

 Thursday 13 September 2012

The Scottish Ambulance Service is committed to the early recognition of sepsis in critically ill and deteriorating patients as part of the wider Scott...
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Major investment in new Lockerbie Ambulance Station

 Friday 7 September 2012

The Scottish Ambulance service has invested over £600,000 in a new ambulance station for Lockerbie that will result in faster response times and impro...
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Recognition for East of Scotland Ambulance Staff

 Friday 31 August 2012

A Community Development Officer who has been integral to the development of first responder schemes and public access defibrillators across Tayside, P...
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Scotland’s First Electric Ambulance Unveiled at Annual Review

 Tuesday 21 August 2012

Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, today (Tuesday 21 August 2012) attended the unveiling of Scotland’s first electric ambulance as part of the Scottis...
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Annual Review

 Wednesday 1 August 2012

The performance of the Scottish Ambulance Service is assessed by the Government Health Department through the Annual Review process. The review includ...
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Public asked to vote in ambulance awards in the east

 Tuesday 3 July 2012

Members of the public in the east of Scotland (NHS Borders, NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside) are being asked to take part in t...
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HEAT Delivery Plan 2012 - 13

 Monday 2 April 2012

The Service’s HEAT Delivery Plan for 2012 – 13 has been published. The plan sets out the planned service delivery objectives and performance for the S...
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Recognition for Northern Ambulance Staff

 Wednesday 4 July 2012

An ambulance technician from Aberdeen and a paramedic from Glencoe are among ambulance staff in the north of Scotland recognised for their exceptional...
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New upgrade will improve Patient Transport Service

 Monday 25 June 2012

Patients in the west of Scotland who have a medical condition or mobility need that requires ambulance transport to get to their healthcare appointmen...
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Queens Ambulance Medal for Egan

 Monday 18 June 2012

Gerry Egan, a clinician for 33 years with the Scottish Ambulance Service, has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal. Gerry joined the Service in 19...
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New upgrade will improve Patient Transport Service

 Tuesday 17 April 2012

Patients in the North of Scotland who have a medical condition or mobility need that requires ambulance transport to get to their healthcare appointme...
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New Air Ambulances will deliver enhanced clinical care

 Monday 11 June 2012

The next generation of Scotland’s air ambulance service will operate larger helicopters with more room and equipment for enhanced clinical care, as a ...
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Public asked to vote in ambulance awards

 Tuesday 15 May 2012

Members of the public in the north of Scotland are being asked to take part in the Scottish Ambulance Service annual staff recognition awards by nomin...
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Hands only CPR

 Friday 6 January 2012

The Service is supporting a campaign by the British Heart Foundation to promote hands only CPR. Backed by Resuscitation Council UK, the campaign says ...
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Fuel Strikes

 Friday 30 March 2012

While negotiations continue in relation to potential industrial action, the Scottish Ambulance Service continues to provide services to patients. The ...
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New Ambulance Station Increases Capacity in Cumbernauld

 Wednesday 18 January 2012

The Scottish Ambulance Service has invested £330,000 in the development of a new ambulance station in Cumbernauld that has been designed to meet the n...
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First Responders

 Monday 26 March 2012

We are holding public meetings in Moffat and Dalbeattie for anyone interested in learning more about First Responders and to see if the community is i...
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A&E rest period agreement

 Tuesday 24 January 2012

The Scottish Ambulance Service is pleased that agreement has been reached for the management of rest breaks. A high level action plan has been develo...
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Annual Report and Accounts

 Sunday 16 October 2011

Our Annual Report and Accounts for 2010/11 has been published. The publication includes stories about some of our patients, how we performed and an ov...
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Annual Assessment

 Tuesday 31 January 2012

The Scottish Ambulance Service is holding a series of meetings to discuss our Patient Focus Public Involvement (PFPI) Self Assessment. The purpose of ...
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Mid air first for baby Euan

 Wednesday 14 March 2012

A baby boy was the first to be born in mid flight in the air ambulance EC 135 helicopter on Saturday. Euan Cameron was delivered by an air ambulance p...
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