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Where we are and what we do.

Serving Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire and a residential population of over four million

Where we are and what we do.

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. On 1 March 2012, we became a foundation trust. Our emergency operations centres handle around 540,000 emergency and urgent calls each year.

We serve the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, and Sussex and Surrey for NEPTS. This area has a residential population of over 7 million.

Our area map

Our three main functions are:

We also offer:

  • the Commercial Logistics collection and delivery service for our partners in the NHS
  • Resilience and Specialist Operations offering medical care in hostile environments such as industrial accidents and natural disasters
  • Community First Responders are volunteers trained by us to provide life-saving treatment

We deliver our services from:

Our headquarters in Bicester, Oxfordshire, and a regional office in Otterbourne, Hampshire. Each of these sites also houses a Clinical Co- ordination Centre where 999 and NHS 111 calls are received, clinical advice provided and emergency vehicles dispatched if needed.

Some interesting facts:

  • 105 sites including resource centres, standby points, PTS bases and air ambulance bases
  • 608 vehicles
  • 2 air ambulances

We rely on the support of:

  • 3,600+ members of staff
  • 1,300+ Community First Responders (CFRs) and Co-responders
  • 26 governors
  • 14,000 Foundation Trust members.

scas in numbers 2017


Frontline vehicles

Air Ambulances