Specialist medical transport service extends north

Team led by 12 consultants to provide 24/7 emergency medical retrieval services for adults across the north of Scotland

Thursday 25th April 2019

The services of the Scottish specialist transport and retrieval service (ScotSTAR) are being extended to cover adults across the north of Scotland.

While neonatal and paediatric services have been in place for some time, this is the first time the service is being extended to adults throughout the region.

ScotSTAR – a division of the Scottish Ambulance Service – first came into being in April 2014, bringing together the Scottish neonatal transport service, the emergency medical retrieval service (for adults), and the Scottish paediatric retrieval service to create one specialist unit.

The service transports and retrieves particular patient groups who, because of their clinical condition, require an augmented clinical team and represent some of Scotland’s most vulnerable patients.

The service for all three patient groups (neonates, paediatrics and adults) has been operating from a base in Glasgow serving other parts of Scotland, but now the ScotSTAR North team led by 12 consultants will operate from Aberdeen, adding to existing neonatal and paediatric services.

Clinical lead for the emergency medical retrieval service (North) team, Dr Alastair Ross, said:

“We are delighted to deliver this service from the ScotSTAR North base in Aberdeen as part of our ongoing commitment to improved patient care across Scotland.

“The team is available 24/7 providing consultant-delivered critical care and safe transfer to definitive care for patients in remote healthcare locations and at accident scenes.

“EMRS North is a key component of the Scottish Trauma Network and will improve the care of seriously ill and injured patients across Scotland.”