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SCAS 999 crew in hospital

Our 999 emergency service operates around the clock across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire.

Along with the support of emergency call takers, dispatchers and clinicians working in our two clinical co-ordination centres we deal with 1.2million 999 calls each year.

Thanks to the skills, speed, professionalism and expertise of everyone working within the SCAS 999 service, today you are more likely to survive a major trauma than you were in the past. SCAS is also one of the best performing ambulance trusts in England for patients suffering a cardiac arrest surviving to hospital discharge.

Ready for the challenge

One of our key challenges has been keeping up with demand, particularly in emergency 999 calls where we have seen a steady year-on-year increase. This comes at a time of a national shortage of paramedics.

Our paramedic practitioners work in the community with additional skills such as being able to supply medication for a range of minor illnesses, provide advanced care for long term conditions, and manage a range of minor injuries at home. To support delivery of our key performance targets we have established a network of stand-by points, where vehicles wait until dispatched – we deploy rapid response vehicles (RRVs) and ambulances, each with highly-skilled staff trained in the use of the latest medical equipment.

We also respond to urgent calls from GPs and other health care professionals. As an ambulance service, we regularly work in close partnership with other blue light and emergency services in response to a wide range of incidents.

SCAS Emergency Care Assistant

1,269,657

Total calls answered

500,000

Calls attended each year

330

Annual 999 recruits

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Calling 999 if you have a speech or hearing impairment

If you have a speech or hearing impairment, find out how you can contact us below.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired you can contact us by texting from your mobile. This facility is available in any type of emergency and is for people who can’t use the standard 999 voice or the RNID’s text relay services.

Register to use the text service

You must register your mobile phone on the emergencySMS website to be able to use the text service.

How to use the text service to contact 999

Once you have registered,  send a text to 999 to access emergency medical assistance.

Your text message should include:

  • which service you need: ambulance, fire police or coastguard
  • a brief description of the problem
  • the name of the road and post code area where the incident is happening

If possible, try to include:

  • a house number
  • nearby landmarks or main roads

We will be able to respond more quickly and appropriately if you include this information and are as accurate as possible when giving the location.

For example, your text might read:

  • “ambulance. man collapsed. outside post office. station road so31”
  • “ambulance. lady on floor not breathing. 7-8 Talisman Business Centre. Talisman Road. near Bicester Village Station”

If you suffer from a chronic health condition prepare a text template and store it in your phone to use when you need it.

How we will respond

When we receive your message we will send you a text. We may text for further information, but this will not delay our ambulance response to you.

If you do not receive a confirmation text from us, text again.

For more information, please visit www.emergencysms.net

999 British Sign Language Project

How does the service work?

It is simple. You use 999 BSL app or Website to make a call to 999, it will go to British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter first, who will appear on the screen. The BSL interpreter will then call the 999 operator through landline and will relay the conversation.

You can see the demonstration and find out more at the BSL website 

Find out how we respond to an emergency.

We respond to emergency 999 calls by getting medical help to patients who have life-threatening injuries or illnesses as quickly as possible.

Find out more here.

Interested in being part of the team? We’ve got the perfect job for you.

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