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The ambulance service is a part of the publicly funded NHS. There are 11 ambulance trusts across the UK, each employing and servicing a particular area.
The ambulance service is first on the scene of any accident providing care to victims 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are highly trained in all aspects of medical care, therefore they are able to stabilise the patient without delay before movement to the hospital.
Emergency ambulance services will deal with a whole range of injuries from crush injuries to cardiac arrest; this is why an ambulance vehicle is designed to provide a clinical workplace with maximum mobility. The work is hugely varied; crews rarely know the severity of the patient until they arrive at the scene, therefore they must be quick to react and assess the injuries the patient has suffered. There are a huge range of jobs within the service, and working alongside the police force and fire service they are able to attend small scale and large scale incidents.