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Date: 28 November 2023
Ambulance resources – 999 emergency ambulances and rapid response vehicles, First Responders and patient transport services – are strategically deployed across the Island based on expected and past demand and taking account of any special circumstances e.g. large events.
Depending on how busy the service expects to be there will, at any particular time, be:
The service works with a range of partners including the Police and Fire & Rescue Service and volunteers from organisations such as British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, RNLI, and independent lifeboats, IoW Search and Rescue and HM Coastguard. At times of pressure ambulance resources from the British Red Cross, St John Ambulance, mainland services (e.g. South Central Ambulance Service) and the private sector may be brought onto the Island to assist.
It is important that everyone plays their part in using services appropriately and we actively encourage slanders to call the Island based NHS 111 advice line when there’s an urgent health care need but it’s not an emergency. The service has implemented the new Ambulance Response Programme and more information about the new standards can be found on the NHS England website and in the campaign 'Right Response First Time'.
Find out where your nearest defibrillator at www.defibfinder.uk. You can find out more about the national defibrillator network, The Circuit, and how you can register a defibrillator on their website: The Circuit - the national defibrillator network.
Ambulance Training and Community Response Services (ATCoRS)
The Ambulance Training and Community Response Services (ATCoRS) team provide education and support to both the public and private sectors through:
These are delivered by fully qualified professional NHS Ambulance Service Tutors in a relaxed learning environment. Profits go back into the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and help to maintain the Community First Responder and Community Defibrillator schemes on the Island.
For more information visit the ATCoRS website.