Scottish Ambulance Service
In Scotlan the Air Ambulance Service augments and extends the service provided by conventional land ambulances, in response to emergency incidents and urgent and planned requests across the whole of Scotland predominantly, but not exclusively, in remote, rural and island locations. The service is fully funded by the Scottish Government Health Department and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All of the aircraft operate with paramedics on board and undertake around 4,000 missions every year. The Service is co-located, and works closely with SCOTSTAR teams providing specialist transport and retrieval services to adult, paediatric and neonatal patient groups across Scotland, and also works with the Search and Rescue aircraft of HM Coastguard. Unlike the rest of the UK, where air ambulance services are funded by charitable donations, in Scotland the service is fully funded by NHS Scotland.