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SCAS wins Ambulance Trust of the Year Award

On 8 December South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SCAS) won 'Ambulance Trust of the Year' at the 2011 Health Business Awards ceremony, held at the Emirates Stadium in London.

SCAS was nominated for the award this summer because NHS figures showed that it was the best performing ambulance trust in England in terms of response times. The award also recognised that SCAS continued to improve its non-conveyance rates this year, and is the national leader in the field with 42.5% of patients being treated without having to be transported to hospital - an increase of 3.9% over last year.

The other trusts nominated for the 'Ambulance Trust of the Year' award were: West Midlands Ambulance Service, South Western Ambulance Service and London Ambulance Service.

Speaking about the awards, CEO Will Hancock said,

"Response times make a real difference to the survival of critically ill patients, particularly those who have suffered a heart attack, and ensuring that only those who require hospital treatment are taken to A&E keeps this service free for those who really need it. I am, therefore, proud that SCAS has been awarded 'Ambulance Trust of the Year' for achieving real improvements in response times and non-conveyance rates. It is a testament to all the hard work of our staff and partners and their commitment to continually strive to improve patient care. I would to thank our staff for embodying our values of professionalism, team work, innovation and caring and congratulate them for winning this well deserved award."

Published 14 December 2011

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