Air Ambulance

An Air Ambulance helicopter in a field

Air Ambulances augment and extend the service provided by conventional land ambulances, in response to emergency incidents, urgent and planned requests across the whole of Scotland, predominantly, but not exclusively in remote rural and island locations. It is fully funded by the Scottish Government Health Department and operates 24/7, all year round.

All of our aircraft operate with paramedics on board and fly just over 3,500 missions every year. The Service also works closely with specialist retrieval teams such as the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS,) Neonatal and Paediatric, and also works with Search and Rescue aircraft of the Ministry of Defence and HM Coastguard.

Unlike the rest of the UK, where air ambulance services are funded by charitable donations, in Scotland the service is fully funded by NHS Scotland.

Our aircraft

Emergency Medical Retrieval Service