Following the success of the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service’s (EMRTS) Twilight Critical Care Car last winter, it will return with an extended service this winter.

To support frontline ambulance and hospital services in South Wales during the pressurised winter months, EMRTS will run this additional critical care car-based service as follows:

December 2019 and January 2020 – every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 2pm and 2am.

February 2020 and March 2020 – every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 2pm and 2am.

During these times, which have been identified as a period of high demand for medical services in the region, a critical care team will be in service in an EMRTS Rapid Response Vehicle. The Twilight Critical Care Car will run alongside the existing 12-hour (8am-8pm) Wales Air Ambulance/RRV operation.

A critical care consultant and critical care practitioner (CCP) team will predominantly staff the car, although double CCP crews may be used on occasions. The scope of practice remains the same as the existing 12-hour operation (click here for more information) and allocation will be through the Air Support Desk.

The team will be based at Cardiff Heliport and will cover South East and South West Wales.

EMRTS crews can be identified through their use of Audi Q7 Rapid Response Vehicles. The RRVs have a distinctive green and yellow battenberg pattern on the sides and are clearly marked with a white Wales Air Ambulance logo on the red bonnet. 

This additional service is funded by Welsh Government to help relieve pressure on critical care this winter.

For a summary of activity of the Twilight Car between January and March 2019, click here.

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