Who We Are
Welcome to South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (or SCAS for short) is part of the National Health Service (NHS). We were established on the 1 July 2006 following the merger of four ambulance trusts in the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.This area covers approximately 3,554 sq miles with a residential population of over four million (please see map). On 1 March 2012, we became a foundation trust. Our emergency operations centres handle around 500,000 emergency and urgent calls each year.
Our three main functions are:
- the accident and emergency service to respond to 999 calls
- the 111 service for when medical help is needed fast but it's not a 999 emergency
- the Patient Transport Service
The accident and emergency service to respond to 999 calls
SCAS is embarking on a programme of change in the way pre-hospital care is delivered, working to treat more patients in their homes in order to better meet their needs and prevent unnecessary trips to hospital.
Where hospital treatment is required modern ambulance crews have additional clinical training and can carry out more lifesaving procedures on scene and on route to the hospital.
To achieve this change, we are training more paramedics and emergency care practitioners and engaging with other healthcare partners such as GPs, district nurses, social and community services, to ensure the most appropriate options for care are available to the patient.
Working with our staff, patients, partners and wider communities , SCAS is continually developing new and innovative ways of improving patient outcomes and delivering a good value quality service.
The 111 service for when medical help is needed fast but it's not a 999 emergency
NHS 111 is a new service that's being introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
Our Patient Transport Service performs an important role in taking patients to and from their hospital appointments.
Our Patient Transport Service is part of our Commercial Services Department.