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Map of Yorkshire Ambulance Service's coverage

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is the NHS ambulance service covering most of Yorkshire in England. It covers the whole of the East Riding of Yorkshire (including Kingston upon Hull), South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire along with the majority of the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire (including the City of York). Excluded are Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and the southern part of Stockton-on-Tees which are all covered by the North East Ambulance Service.

It is one of 12 Ambulance Trusts providing England with Emergency medical services, and is part of the National Health Service, receiving direct government funding for its role. There is no charge to patients for use of the service, and under the Patient's charter, every person in the United Kingdom has the right to the attendance of an ambulance in an emergency.

Responses are controlled from two communication centres - one of which is located at the Service's headquarters at Wakefield 41 Business Park, located at the M1 motorway junction 41, north-west of Wakefield. This control room covers West Yorkshire (the former WYMAS area) and South Yorkshire (the former SYAS area). The other communication centre is in Skelton on the outskirts of York, covering East and North Yorkshire. There used to be a Communication Centre in Rotherham which closed in June 2008. The service's activities are centred around the two core ones of Accident & Emergency (A&E) and Patient Transport Services (PTS).

An ambulance waiting outside a hospital in Leeds.

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Geography

The area YAS covers includes the cities of Bradford, Hull, Leeds, Ripon, Sheffield, Wakefield and York, and the principal towns of Beverley, Doncaster, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Skipton and Scarborough. The region includes parts of the M1, A1(M), M18, M180, M62, M621 and M606 motorways and the Yorkshire Dales.

History

Yorkshire Ambulance Service was formed on the 1 July 2006 after the merger of the Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service (TENYAS), South Yorkshire Ambulance Service (SYAS) and the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service (WYMAS).

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West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service

WYMAS was formed in 1974 covering the new metropolitan county of West Yorkshire and the Craven district of North Yorkshire. It brought together some of the individual city ambulance services which existed across the area. In 1992, it became an NHS Trust, providing 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to more than 2.1 million people across the region. 21 ambulance stations were situated across the WYMAS operating area.

Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service

TENYAS was formed on 1 April 1999 as a merger of the former Cleveland, Humberside and North Yorkshire ambulance services. TENYAS served the urban areas of Middlesbrough, York and Hull, and the rural areas of the Yorkshire Dales, Wolds, covering an area of approximately 4,500 square miles (12,000 km2). The trust had 37 ambulance stations.

Ambulances were deployed from the two control rooms which were situated at Middlesbrough and York. The TENYAS area was broken up on 1 July 2006, with the former Cleveland area now covered by the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS). Humberside Ambulance Service had lost the A&E cover contract for the North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire to Lincolnshire Ambulance Service prior to the existence of TENYAS.

South Yorkshire Ambulance Service

SYAS was formed in 1974 as the South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service. On 1 April 1992 it became an NHS Trust. It served over 1.4 million people in an area of over 600 square miles (1,600 km2) and covered the city of Sheffield and the districts of Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

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