General Information (Publication Scheme)

Under Section 19 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme for the publication of the Trust's information. Before considering whether to make a FOI request we would encourage you to review what information is already available through the publication scheme on this website.

FOI requests

The Freedom of Information Act was passed in November 2000. The purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities. The Act gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities.

FOI - Frequently Requested Information

Please note: Information will be updated on a six monthly basis

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) acquired the former Great Western Ambulance Service Trust (GWAS) on 1 February 2013. Prior to this date, SWASFT covered Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. GWAS covered the former Avon area, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Where available, information is provided from the start of the post acquisition financial year.


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When South Western Ambulance Service crews were called to Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth they had no idea what they would find when they got there. Their only information was that a man had started choking and had now stopped breathing. With the first clinician on scene in less than two minutes, friends directed the crew along the dimly-lit pier, where another friend was already performing CPR, as directed by the calm emergency medical dispatcher on the line from the 999 control room.

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