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Yorkshire Ambulance Service Awarded York and Scarborough Medical Non-Emergency Transport Contract

24 January 2018

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is delighted to announce that it has been successful in securing a new five-year contract to deliver medical non-emergency transport in York and Scarborough following a competitive tender process.

This process concluded in January 2018 and the contract, for more than 64,000 journeys per year, will commence on 1 July 2018. It includes transport for eligible patients to access outpatient appointments in Scarborough and Ryedale and the Vale of York.

Chris Dexter, Managing Director of the Patient Transport Service at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said:

“We are delighted to have secured the contract in York and Scarborough. It is a fantastic achievement for the Trust, our staff and North Yorkshire residents for this core work to remain within the NHS. Our staff provide a high quality service for patients and I’m proud of how they have continued to conduct themselves so professionally against the backdrop of uncertainty during the bid process.

“We are looking forward to developing the medical non-emergency transport service further over the next five years in partnership with the local CCGs.”

Tracey Preece, Chief Finance Officer at the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“NHS Vale of York CCG together with our commissioning colleagues at Scarborough and Ryedale CCG are pleased to announce that the contract to provide medical non-emergency patient transport in the area has been awarded to Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
“The CCGs' objective was to find a provider which can offer a high-quality and innovative service which meets the needs of the local population in the Vale and York and Scarborough and Ryedale and also provide good value for money.

“We look forward to working closely with Yorkshire Ambulance Service over the next five years to deliver the best possible service for patients being transported to and from hospital in these two regions.”

This contract follows hard on the heels of Yorkshire Ambulance Service winning the contracts for non-emergency medical transport services in the East Riding of Yorkshire and South Yorkshire last year.


Notes to Editor:
1. Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people. The organisation receives an average of 2,450 emergency and routine calls per day and employs over 5,000 staff.

The Patient Transport Service made over one million journeys in 2016-17 transporting patients to and from hospital and treatment centre appointments. The Trust’s NHS 111 service helped 1.5 million patients across Yorkshire and the Humber, Bassetlaw, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire during 2016-17.

Issued by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Press Office

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department