Recommendation 4 – Collaboration with Scottish Ambulance Service
The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) should increase its paramedical staff (paramedic) capacity and capability in SLSWR, in line with its present strategy: Towards 2020: Taking Care to the Patient. This is particularly relevant for North Skye where SAS staff should be co-located at Portree Hospital as part of the wider Rural Support Team, jointly working within multidisciplinary teams, including the Rural Practitioners based at Broadford.
SAS should review the availability, capacity and capability of all units in SLSWR, including fast response vehicle (FRV) provision.
SAS paramedics should be deployed on-shift rather than present on-call arrangements.