London Ambulance Service

ambulance service in London

The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is an NHS trust. It runs ambulances within the London region of England where there are about 8.6 million people living or working. About 5,300 people work for it.

The first ambulance service in London was started by the Metropolitan Asylums Board in 1879. It was for infectious patients, but it started carrying accident victims and emergency medical cases. The London County Council started an emergency ambulance service in February 1915 under the control of the chief of the London Fire Brigade. It was the first public body to employ women drivers, because so many men had volunteered for military service. By July 1916, the London County Council Ambulance Corps staff were all women. In 1930 it had 150 motor ambulances.[1]

During World War II, the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service was run by over 10,000 auxiliaries, mainly women. There were 139 Auxiliary Stations around the city.

In 2008 it had 450 emergency ambulances with 100 fast response units - cars, motorcycles, or bicycles.[2]


  1. "The Metropolitan Asylums Board - Land Ambulance Service". Retrieved 2023-05-02.
  2. "London Ambulance Service: Facts & figures". Archived from the original on 18 September 2008.