Covid-19 (Air Ambulance Service)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 19th March 2020.

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Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

Can the First Minister confirm in more detail what the arrangements will be for patients in Scotland’s islands who require the use of an air ambulance? Is the service now equipped and able to carry patients who have tested positive for coronavirus?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Yes it is, and, as we develop our approach to coronavirus, we will continue to take particular account of the needs of our rural, remote and island communities.

Everyone is feeling anxious about this, but it is inevitable in any crisis that the people who live on the margins of our country will feel that anxiety even more acutely. We will continue to make sure that that is at the forefront of our minds and thinking.