SAS Launches Air Ambulance Service Consultation

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The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) has launched a public consultation which will inform the re-procurement of its Air Ambulance Service prior to its renewal.

The Air Ambulance Service, which is funded in its entirety by the Scottish Government, transfers patients living in remote, rural and island communities to and from hospital. It also provides air ambulance support to the ScotSTAR retrieval teams and responds to 999 calls in a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) role.

The service is delivered through a managed contract of two helicopters; one based in Glasgow and one in Inverness and two fixed wing aircraft; one at Aberdeen Airport and one at Glasgow Airport. In addition to the four government funded aircraft, the service is supplemented by two helicopters provided by Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

A national multi-disciplinary team of paramedics, nurses, advanced practitioners, and doctors, work together to provide a flexible and responsive service that offers timely, safe and effective care for patients.

Andy Moir, Air Ambulance Re-procurement Programme Director at the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “This wide-ranging consultation will provide us with the opportunity to help shape the future of the Air Ambulance Service, ensuring a sustainable, modern service which delivers high-quality care for the people of Scotland.”

If you wish to express views or opinions about any aspect of the air ambulance future service, please complete an online consultation form at: Air Ambulance Re-Procurement (

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Posted on 14/04/2022