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Trust Mission, Vision, Values and Goals

To view the Trust's Mission, Vision, Values and Goals click here.

SWASFT has responsibility for the provision of ambulance services across an area of 10,000 square miles which is 20% of mainland England. The Trust covers the counties of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the former Avon area (Bristol, Bath, North and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire).

The Trust serves a total population of over 5.3 million and is estimated to receive an influx of over 17.5 million visitors each year. The operational area is predominantly rural but also includes large urban centres including Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter, Bath, Swindon, Gloucester, Bournemouth and Poole.

Core operations include the following service lines:

  • Emergency ambulance 999 services (A&E);
  • Urgent Care Services (UCS) – GP out-of-hours medical care (Dorset and Gloucestershire);
  • Patient Transport Services (PTS) – non-emergency transport for eligible patients with a medical need for transport (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire);
  • NHS 111 call-handling and triage services for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Dorset.

The Trust provides the clinical teams for six air ambulances (two in Devon, one in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, one shared across Dorset and Somerset, one in Wiltshire and one based near Bristol).

We employ over 4,000 mainly clinical and operational staff (including Paramedics, Emergency Care Practitioners, Advanced Technicians, Ambulance Care Assistants and Nurse Practitioners) plus GPs and around 2,785 volunteers (including community first responders, BASICS doctors, fire co-responders and volunteer PTS drivers).

You can view a map of the Trust area here.


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DORSET PARAMEDIC IS THE FIRST BRITISH CITIZEN TO RECEIVE HUMANITARIAN AWARD FROM SERBIAN PRESIDENT
A South Western Ambulance Service paramedic and former soldier has travelled to Serbia and become the first British citizen to receive a Humanitarian Award. Wayne Ingram, who lives in Weymouth, Dorset, joined the ambulance service after leaving the British Army. It was while on patrol with the Army in Bosnia in 2003 that Wayne first met four-year-old Stefan Savic. Stefan had been born with a rare facial cleft that, if left untreated, could have serious health complications, including blindness and the restriction of his airway.
24/02/2017

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