As part of the implementation of the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru) across Wales, the next phase will see the Service become operational in the Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) Charity base in Caernarfon, North West Wales. The first phase of EMRTS Cymru started in 2015, delivered through the Charity’s Dafen (Llanelli) and Welshpool bases. The expansion into Caernarfon will enhance access to timely pre-hospital critical care, particularly in this region of Wales (including parts of Powys and Ceredigion). The Service in Caernarfon is expected to become operational in autumn 2017.

How will it work?

The new model will be a hybrid across the Welshpool and Caernarfon bases. On any given day there will be a consultant based in one of the two above-mentioned locations. The base without the consultant will have autonomous Critical Care Practitioners (CCPs) who are able to offer a high level of care, above and beyond standard paramedic practice.

EMRTS Cymru already has a cohort of consultants working across North Wales who can facilitate the new model. Replacing the existing three paramedic positions in Caernarfon, five CCPs will be recruited to work from the North West Wales base. This is in addition to five CCPs who will work from the Welshpool base.

The Service will continue to run twelve hours a day, seven days a week, and will be dispatched via the Air Support Desk at the Welsh Ambulance Service headquarters in Cwmbran.

For more information, please download the ‘EMRTS Cymru in North Wales’ brochure.

Welsh language brochure

English language brochure

If you have any questions, please email emrts@wales.nhs.uk or call 0300 3000 057.