Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance

HQ Location: 
Perthshire

Location of benefit: 
UK only (local)

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) launched on 22nd May 2013.

SCAA has very quickly established itself as an indispensable and integral part of the emergency services in Scotland. Fully integrated with the Scottish Ambulance Service and tasked through SAS call centres, SCAA’s Paramedic delivered service works alongside trauma teams such as the Tayside Trauma team. From its central base we can reach 90% of Scotland’s population in less than 30 minutes, getting critical care to the patient as fast as possible and transferring the casualty to specialist hospitals for treatment. SCAA, has already saved many lives and has improved outcomes for many hundreds more.

Examples of medical conditions and incidents that SCAA has deployed to include: major road collisions; heart attacks; strokes; industrial accidents, equestrian incidents; motorbike accidents; sporting injuries and agricultural accidents. Many incidents have had casualties with multiple fractures which would have made a journey by road very lengthy and painful.

SCAA increases the helicopter air ambulance capacity in Scotland by 50%. It also adds resilience and flexibility to the current provision which benefits communities all over Scotland.

We are ideally placed to reach some of Scotland’s remotest areas within a 15 to 30 minute timeframe. Our helicopter quickly transports patients to Scotland’s specialist hospitals which provides better outcomes for the patient e.g. faster treatment, less time spent in hospital and fewer out-patient return visits. Faster transport times and shorter hospital stays improves patients’ quality of life on discharge and reduces their reliance the NHS.

The cost of funding SCAA £2.2M per year, we rely entirely on donations to keep us flying.

PLEASE HELP SCAA TODAY … TO ENSURE WE WILL BE THERE TO ANSWER EVERY TIME CRITICAL EMERGENCY.