GD1/126  St Andrew's Ambulance Association

Collection Summary

Reference Code: GB239 GD1/126
Title: St Andrew's Ambulance Association
Dates of Creation of Material:  2005-2006
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description:  2 items

Name of creator(s):  St Andrew's Ambulance Association
Administrative History:  The St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association was created in 1882 by a number of doctors and businessmen in Glasgow who were concerned with the increase in the number of people being injured in the rapidly expanding industrial city. First Aid classes were organised, stretcher stations were set up in chemist shops in central Glasgow and an ambulance was bought.
Over the coming years affiliated branches were formed and ambulance associations in other towns and cities began to join with St. Andrew’s.

In 1904 the various ambulance corps in Scotland were brought together in one administration known as the St. Andrew’s Ambulance Corps. The aim was to keep together those people who had been trained in First Aid so that they could improve their first aid skills by practicing together and would be available at public gatherings.  In 1908, by formal agreement with the Order of St. John, St. Andrew’s discontinued all ambulance work in England and St. John Ambulance discontinued all ambulance work in Scotland.  After the founding of the National Health Service in 1948 St Andrew’s and Red Cross Scottish Ambulance Service were contracted to provide the ambulance service in Scotland.  This continued until 1967 when the British Red Cross society withdrew.  The ambulance service then became St Andrew’s Scottish Ambulance service. The Association became the sole contractor for the provision of the ambulance service in Scotland.

In 1974 the National Health Service was re-organised and St Andrew’s Scottish Ambulance Service was taken over by the National Health Service. St. Andrew’s continued to provide First Aid services and training throughout the country.


Archival history:  Acc 07/01

Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer:  St Andrew's Ambulance Association

Scope and Content: annual reports

Accruals: No further accessions expected
System of Arrangement:  Chronological

Conditions Governing Access: None
Conditions Governing Reproduction: Reproduction is subject to closure periods and physical condition
Language/Scripts of Material: English

Archivists' Notes: Compiled by Alison Scott
Rules or Conventions: Description based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description International Council on Archives (2nd edition), 2000
Date(s) of Description: March 2010