18 May 2023
Further dates have been announced as part of the formal public engagement process about EMRTS Cymru who work in partnership with the Wales Air Ambulance Charity to provide the air ambulance service in Wales.
The engagement, that started in March 2023 with a series of engagement events taking place throughout April, May and closing early June, has a choice of in-person or online sessions where people can provide their feedback on how they think the air ambulance service can be further improved.
The Chief Ambulance Services Commissioner, Stephen Harrhy, has been appointed by the Emergency Ambulance Services Committee (EASC) to explore and maximise the additional activity that could be achieved from existing bases and to explore options to reconfigure the air ambulance service.
The Commissioner, Stephen Harrhy said: “The EMRTS Service Review focuses on making sure that the patients who need this important critical care service can have access to it no matter where they live in Wales or when they need it.
“We know that EMRTS saves lives and that patients who are treated by EMRTS recover better and quicker, so this impartial Review is to consider how as many people as possible in Wales could benefit from this service, as well as considering the most effective use of clinical skills, and other resources.
“We have had good interest from stakeholders in the EMRTS Service Review so far and I am grateful for the valuable contributions from respondents to date.”
There is a substantial amount of information on the EASC website which includes a video ‘explainer’ and detailed Frequently Asked Questions section about the Service, full technical document, summary document, and Easy Read versions.
Mr Harrhy explained: “We recognise that there is much complex information to convey about the clinical and operational aspects of how the Service works now that will need to be understood in order to provide feedback. I very much encourage everyone to use this information before attending any of the engagement sessions as it should help clarify any queries.”
Anyone who would like to join the stakeholder distribution list to receive regular updates about this Review can send an e-mail to: EASCServiceReviewQueries@wales.nhs.uk requesting to be added.