Following the success of the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service on the west coast of Scotland, the Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing decided in March 2010 to rollout the service to cover the whole of remote and rural Scotland.
The national service commenced on 25th October 2010. EMRS have already been busy flying to locations in the North of Scotland for critically ill patients, as well as continuing to provide care along the length of the West Coast. The addition of new consultants, registrars, retrieval nurses and paramedics will enable EMRS to provide two duty retrieval teams 24 hours/day. This will ensure EMRS remains able to provide a time-critical response simultaneously to all parts of Scotland.