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Debates and questions

S5W-17960: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 1 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it will take to ensure that Scottish Ambulance Service emergency vehicles based in Moray are able to return to Moray following hospital transfers without being diverted to non-life-threatening calls when out of the area.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 18 September 2018

The Scottish Ambulance Service recently carried out a trial in Skye whereby ambulances carrying out transfers to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness were only tasked with calls in the City after transferring the patient if these calls were immediately life threatening or time conscious (i.e. an amber call for a stroke patient).

The Service will complete their evaluation of this trial this month and has already began preparing historical data from the Moray area to enable them to extend the trial to Elgin ambulance station in October.