Pre Hospital Care

There are two key organisation with the Sussex Trauma Network that provide pre-hospital care. First the Ambulance service; with skilled paramedics attending thousands of patients each year. Last year the service received 862,466 emergency calls from members of the public or other healthcare professionals from across Sussex, Surrey, Kent and North-east Hampshire. The local Ambulance service is called SECAMB (pronounced sea-cam) and is short for South East Coast Ambulance Service.

You can find out more about SECAMB here

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (KSS) is a charity that is integrated into the local health care system. If you call 999 and asks to be connected to the ambulance service, the ambulance dispatch team will call on the air ambulance service for the relevant trauma incidents. The air ambulance service will bring a senior trauma doctor to the scene to treat the patients, and in most cases then transport the patient to the most appropriate hospital, which will vary depending on the nature and severity of their injuries.


Air Ambulance helicopter operated by Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance Service

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance provides a 24 hour helicopter emergency service for people who have a serious traumatic accident or medical emergency. An enhanced medical team consisting of a Pilot, Doctor and Paramedic can provide life saving interventions and give emergency treatments at the scene of an accident before transporting patients by air or road to an appropriate destination, such as the regional Major Trauma Centre in Brighton.

The Air Ambulance is a charity, and works closely with all organisations within the Sussex Trauma Network. For more information visit their website

If you have a medical emergency the air ambulance will be contacted via the 999 service

To contact KSS Air Ambulance for anything else, please email us:


Air Ambulance team

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