The National Health Service (NHS) is the world’s largest public health body, providing 'free at point of use' healthcare to the UK's 60 Million citizens.
One of the regional bodies within NHS, Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board in Scotland, carried out a strategic review of emergency and unscheduled care, and the processes that deliver these.
The outcomes from this review would represent a major restructuring of services across NHS Ayrshire and Arran and are only being considered because of the robustness of the associated planning process, supported by simulation modeling carried out by SIMUL8 Corporation.
The Ayrshire and Arran trust employs around 10,000 clinical & support staff. It serves 7.3% of the Scottish population, is mainly rural, including a large island community and two towns 20 miles apart.