South Central Ambulance Service

South Central Ambulance Service
Created1 July 2006 (2006-07-01)
Region servedBerkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire
NHS regionNHS England
Area size3,554 Sq. mile
Population> 4 million

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is the ambulance service for the counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire.[note 1] It is a foundation trust of the National Health Service, and one of 10 NHS ambulance trusts in England.


As an ambulance service, SCAS primarily responds to emergency 999 calls, in addition to calls from the NHS non-emergency number (111). These services are provided in an area that roughly covers the counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire. The exceptions are North East Hampshire which is served by South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) and the Shrivenham area of Oxfordshire, which is served by South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS).

The service also provides an emergency transport service for patients in life-threatening condition and a Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS). The NEPTS transports patients unable to use public transport due to their medical conditions, patients using outpatient clinics and patients being admitted or discharged from hospital.[1] The Trust also has a commercial division, which provides first aid training to members of the public, a community equipment service and logistic services.[2] Since 2017, SCAS has also run the NEPTS in Sussex and Surrey, within the South East Coast ambulance area.

It has a resilience and specialist operations department which plans for major or hazardous incidents.[3] This includes a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), which responds to emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear materials, as well as major incidents.[4] The Trust also trains and supports volunteer community first responders.[5]

It is the only NHS ambulance organisation in the UK to be supported by its own League of Friends, a registered charity. The South Central Ambulance League of Friends raises funds that are used to enhance the standard of care for patients, provide additional benefits for service personnel, encourage the acquisition of essential life-support skills among the public, and support the deployment of volunteer community first responders. This group had been founded in 1982 to raise funds for the former Oxfordshire Ambulance NHS Trust.[6]

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