Date lodged: 12 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that the Scottish Ambulance Service provides sufficient emergency transport for people with mobility issues, and that crews receive adequate training to provide this.
Answered by: Shona Robison 28 February 2018
The Scottish Ambulance Service is committed to ensuring the safe and effective emergency transfer of all patients, including those with mobility issues.
All ambulance service accident and emergency staff including Paramedics, Technicians and Patient Transport Staff are trained to carry out risk assessments when moving and handling patients. This includes dealing with patients with injuries, illness, disabilities and general age related mobility problems.
In addition, the Service has a range of equipment and vehicles which assist in the capability to ensure the safe transfer of patients with mobility issues.