South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) covers 32,228 square miles which is approximately 20% of England and serves a population of approximately 5.3 million residents, after it took control of Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) on 1st February after a failed attempt at trust status.
It covers the counties of Gloucester, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall (including Isles of Scilly), with an estimated influx of 17.5 million tourists annually.
SWAST currently has 97 ambulance stations, 2 Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) and 6 Air ambulance stations divided around the 6 counties controlled by 4 Emergency control rooms.
SWAST employs around 4000 people, using 295 patient carrying ambulances, 218 rapid response vehicles, 205 patient transport vehicles, 23 HART vehicles, and 42 Resilience vehicles or trucks for major incidents.
In 2011/12 SWAST received almost 700,000 emergency calls with a daily average of 2,097 that’s 87 calls an hour, every hour of 2011/12.
SWAST has 5 grades of A&E staff they are Emergency Care practitioner (ECP) Paramedic, Medical technician or practitioner (legacy) Student Paramedics and Emergency Care Assistants.
South Western Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST)
Tel: 0132 261500