Public Procurement and Property

Have your say on ‘Scotland’s Air Ambulance’ re-procurement

May 5, 2022 by No Comments | Category Procurement news, public consultation

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) has launched a public consultation to 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.

Scottish Ambulance Service Helicopter

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.”

Following the consultation exercise, the formal process of selecting a provider for the new air ambulance contract will begin.

Get involved

The Scottish Ambulance Service wants to make sure it gathers opinions from everyone with a view on this important element of the Service before air ambulance arrangements are renewed.

It is conducting a wide-ranging consultation across patients and the public, healthcare partners and Service staff and there are a number of ways you let the Service know what you think.

If you wish to express your views on any aspect of the service please get in touch in either of the following ways by Tuesday 31 May 2022:

Complete an online consultation form here.

Health care professionals – complete an online consultation form here.

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