A request for emergency transport generally made via a 999 call, to an ambulance service. The ambulance service will be capable of categorising immediately life threatening calls.

Emergency response requires immediate deployment, even if other work is delayed, to provide initial treatment to the patient. In some cases the first emergency response on the scene may be a rapid response vehicle equipped with a defibrillator to provide treatment at the scene or an approved 'first responder' (e.g. doctor, fire brigade, police) equipped with a defibrillator, despatched by and accountable to the ambulance service responding, and may not be able to provide patient transport to hospital. Such response vehicles will be considered as non-ambulances.

The rapid response vehicle or first responder may be the only response if the ambulance service determines that the ambulance can be cancelled. Otherwise, a fully equipped emergency vehicle and fully trained crew of two, able to treat and transport the patient to hospital (an ambulance) will attend.

Requests for emergency transport include:

a. All accident and sudden illness patients
b. Maternity admissions, unless there is a clear indication to the contrary, e.g. that an ambulance is not required until a later specified time.
c. Other type of patient for whom an emergency procedure is necessary

Note: A maternity admission is an admission of a pregnant or recently pregnant woman to a maternity ward (including delivery facilities) except where the intention is to terminate the pregnancy.

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