Berwyn Prison: Ambulance Services

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 24 January 2019.

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Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

In line with policy at HMP Berwyn, when a medical emergency procedure is activated, it is standard response for the Communications room to call for an ambulance. This is in partnership with the prisons healthcare providers – Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST). On a number of occasions there has been the requirement for such ambulances to attend the prison.

Attended incidents are where the ambulance service has attended the scene of an incident. The number of stand downs are where a vehicle was allocated, but did not arrive at the scene within HMP Berwyn. BCUHB Health care professionals are the only people that can stand down an ambulance. The table below provides the breakdown per month of those attended and stood down in regards to HMP Berwyn.

Table One: Number of occasions an ambulance has attended/ been stood down at HMP Berwyn:


Attended Incidents

Stand Downs







*Information is based from February 2017 as this was when the prison opened. Source - Information has been provided by the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust - Health Informatics. Please note that since opening in the spring 2017 the population of HMP Berwyn has increased from 887 (Dec 17) to 1287 (Dec 18).

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