South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust


Health secretary told to intervene over ‘systemic’ ambulance deaths


Ministers must intervene over systemic failures which are ‘too big for hospital or ambulance trusts to fix on their own’ and have led to multiple preventable deaths, a senior coroner has warned.


Exclusive: Dozens of new ambulances delayed after supplier goes bust


The delivery of more than 100 new ambulances to the NHS could be delayed ahead of winter after the company paid to supply them went into administration, HSJ has learned.


Former college president made interim trust chief


England’s first ambulance trust chief paramedic and quality officer has been appointed as the interim chief executive at South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.

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West Country Chronicle: Trust’s concern over ‘short-term’ funding agreements


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Revealed: Four trusts report quarter of all ‘critical incidents’


More than a quarter of ‘critical incidents’ have been declared by just four trusts since the start of the crisis in urgent and emergency care.


A&E handover delays up by a fifth, leak reveals


Hours lost to ambulance handover delays shot up by nearly a quarter last month amid growing fears about the pressure on ambulance services going into winter, according to figures seen by HSJ.

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West Country Chronicle: How a Nightingale hospital is, finally, the answer


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Trust chief steps down after ‘extraordinary journey’


The chief executive of an ambulance trust has announced his resignation after just over three years in the NHS.

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West Country Chronicle: Leadership change comes to the peninsula


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Troubled ICS reveals ‘first in England’ shake-up of structure


Cornwall’s commissioning board and two providers are set to delegate authority to two new joint committees in what local chiefs claim is a first-of-its-kind governance shake-up for the health service.

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Cyber attack takes out two trusts’ records access


Two ambulance trusts have been left without a working electronic patient care record system for a week after a cyber attack affecting its Swedish-based supplier.


Staff at final ambulance trust vote to join strikes


Staff at the East of England ambulance trust – the only one to escape strike action so far – have voted to join the industrial action.

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‘Marked reduction in pressure’ leads ambulance trust to move from top alert level after 598 days


An ambulance trust is no longer operating under the highest alert level for the first time in 20 months, after the number of calls it receives each day halved and a crucial response time reduced by 95 per cent.

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Ex-police chief to chair struggling trust


A former police chief has been appointed chair of England’s most under-pressure ambulance trust.

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Exclusive: Ambulance crews urged to conserve oxygen


Ambulance staff are being urged to conserve oxygen supplies because of a national shortage of small cylinders used both on ambulances and in some A&E departments.

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‘Inadequate’ trust gets new chief executive


An experienced acute hospital executive has been appointed to lead South Central Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.


Ambulance strike dates and trusts revealed


Thousands of ambulance staff across England will go on strike during the festive period this month in a dispute over pay, three unions have announced.


Four in five trusts yet to reach digitisation target


Only one in five trusts has reached the level of digitisation required by 2025 – more than three years after the target was set, tech chiefs have revealed.


Revealed: Ambulance waits quadruple in handover hotspots


Ambulance waiting times for stroke and suspected heart attacks have quadrupled in four parts of England since before covid-19 – whereas others have only grown by half – underlining the severe impact of long accident and emergency handovers.


Emergency care in ‘dire’ situation as performance plummets over weekend


Several ambulance trusts have moved to the highest level of alert in the wake of severe pressure on emergency services in recent days.