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 half a million 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 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 Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service
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.