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Ambulance Service

The Ambulance Service is a national service set up to assist people in life threatening and serious medical emergencies. There are 38 ambulance services covering England, and single services each covering Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. All ambulance services are provided from NHS trusts or form part of larger trusts, of which there are over 300.

Emergency treatment from any ambulance service is obtained by dialling 999.

Each year around one in 20 people will use the Accident and Emergency Ambulance Service, and the number of 999 calls has increased by over a third in the last five years. Despite this, responding to emergency calls comprises only 10% of the total workload of a typical ambulance service. They are also responsible for providing patient transport to and from hospital for treatment.