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What is a Private Ambulance? A Guide To Private Ambulances
Private Ambulance service with EMA Patient Transport


In the world of healthcare, various types of medical transportation services play a crucial role in ensuring the timely and safe transfer of patients. One such service is a private ambulance, which offers a range of benefits to patients and healthcare providers alike. In this article, we will delve into the intricacies of private ambulances, their functions, and the advantages for medical patients that they bring to the table.

What Is A Private Ambulance?

A private ambulance, also a non-emergency ambulance, is a medical transportation vehicle operated by a private company. These ambulances are distinct from their public counterparts, which are typically operated by government or public organizations like the NHS. Private ambulances cater to a wide range of healthcare needs, and is a bespoke service for scheduled patient transfers, non-emergency medical transportation, patient medical appointments, care home transportation and even special occasion transport for weddings, funerals or day visits.

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How Does A Private Ambulance Service Work?

A private ambulance offers a variety of bespoke services tailored to meet the specific requirements of patients and healthcare facilities. These services include:

Non-emergency Patient Transportation 

EMA private ambulances provide transport for patients who require medical assistance during transit but do not require immediate emergency care. This service ensures a safe, secure and comfortable journey for patients with medical conditions that require monitoring and support.

Private Patient Transfers

Private ambulances facilitate the transfer of patients between medical facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and specialized clinics. These transfers may involve routine transportation for medical appointments or more complex transfers requiring specialised medical equipment and trained personnel.

EMA Team working together to transport a private ambulance patient

In addition to regular medical transport, private ambulances also offer other special services, such as Secure Mental Health transport, Bariatric ambulance transport and Palliative transport. Private Ambulance transport can also be arranged for special events like weddings or funerals or even a day out to meet friends. This versatility allows them to cater to a broad range of patient needs.

Why Do People Use Private Ambulances?

Utilizing a private ambulance services offers several advantages, including:

Prompt Response

Private ambulances prioritize timely responses to private patient transport requests, ensuring that individuals receive the necessary medical attention without unnecessary delays. By using a Private ambulance it allows you to book a time of your choice. Whereas you may have to spend long hours waiting for a NHS transport vehicle to hopefully turn up or even be available. 

Flexibility and Availability 

EMA Private ambulance services operate from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday for non-emergency medical transportation needs. This flexibility allows for convenient scheduling and efficient coordination of private patient transfers.

EMA Team working together to transport a private ambulance patient

Professional Medical Care

Private ambulances are staffed by our skilled health care professionals. These individuals possess the necessary training and expertise to provide high-quality care during transportation, ensuring patient comfort, security and safety.

Specialised Equipment and Vehicles 

Support Equipment Inside An EMA Private Ambulance

  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Wheelchairs
  • A stretcher
  • Monitoring equipment
  • A first aid kit
  • Entertainment equipment
Inside an EMA Patient Transport, mental health transport ambulance

EMA’s Private ambulances are equipped with advanced medical equipment, such as oxygen supply systems, monitoring equipment, wheelchairs and stretcher beds. This ensures that patients receive appropriate medical support during transit, regardless of their specific healthcare needs.

EMA’s Private Ambulance Fleet

Any type of private patient transport requires unique accommodation and our private ambulances make such accommodations possible. We have vehicles for various medical transport situations: Non emergency patient transport, Private ambulances, Secure and Mental Health ambulances. Whether it’s travelling to a medical appointment, the transport of a recumbent or immobile patient, requirement of a wheelchair ramp or stretcher, all situations are covered. There is even onboard distractions to keep patients feeling comfortable and occupied, you can be sure our private ambulance fleet can meet patients needs.

Private Ambulance With access ramp from EMA Patient Transport
Private Ambulance with access ramp from EMA Patient Transport


EMA Private ambulances play a vital role in the South Coast healthcare ecosystem by offering specialised non-emergency medical transportation services to patients. Our prompt response, professional care, and well-equipped vehicles make them a valuable resource for private patients, medical facilities, care and nursing homes. Including our fleet of secure mental health ambulances that are available for mental health transfers to and from hospitals or custody suites, we have all eventualities covered. Whether it’s a routine medical appointment or a complex patient transfer, EMA private ambulances provide a reliable and efficient solution for secure and safe transportation.

Reviews and Recommendations

Remember, when considering private ambulance services, it is essential to choose a reputable and licensed provider with a track record of delivering exceptional patient care like EMA Patient Transport. Looking at reviews of a company is always a good yardstick to measure them by before booking. By prioritizing patient comfort, safety, and timely transportation, EMA’s Private Ambulance services contribute significantly to the overall well-being of individuals in need of private medical transportation services.

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We hope this article has shed light on the concept of private ambulances and their significance in the healthcare landscape. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our private ambulance services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Any of our services can be booked by healthcare professionals, as well as the friends or family of the patient or loved one.

Call us today on 0800 634 1478, fill out an enquiry form or email and we will contact you to discuss how we can help you.

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