The Ambulance & Rescue Service is reminding the Guernsey public that the Ambulance Subscription Scheme is open all year round allowing new subscribers to join at any time.
The scheme gives islanders the opportunity to support the Service, and in return offers them protection against any charges they may incur for ambulance treatment and patient transfers, during a 12 month period.
Payment is made by posting or delivering a completed application form with the appropriate remittance to the Ambulance Service. Application forms are available at the Ambulance Service Headquarters in the Rohais, at Surgeries, Chemists, some retail outlets and can also be downloaded from this website. Existing subscribers are sent a reminder for renewal a month before the expiry date and payment can be made by Direct Debit, Credit or Debit Card, Cash or Cheque.
Jon Beausire the Chief Ambulance Officer said that the intention was to give as many people as possible the opportunity to take out a subscription to avoid the charges for ambulance treatment. He reminded the public that injuries or illnesses can occur at any time and subscribers will not have the worry of ambulance bills to add to any other concerns.
Those who do not join the scheme are charged for the response of an ambulance, medical treatment and where necessary, transfer to hospital.
The Guernsey Ambulance & Rescue Service is a ‘user pays’ organisation generating funds through the Subscription Scheme as well as charging for ambulance services and hiring or selling medical equipment through their Healthcare Equipment Centre. Additional funding is provided in the form of a grant from the States of Guernsey and from public donations. The ambulance service is a charitable company; all funds go back into the provision of community services, to purchase equipment, train personnel and keep ambulances on the road.