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Question reference: S6W-27818

  • Asked by: Claire Baker, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 23 May 2024
  • Current status: Answered by Neil Gray on 5 June 2024


To ask the Scottish Government when the Scottish Ambulance Service began using the GoodSAM system, and what assessment has been made of its effectiveness.


The Scottish Ambulance Service started using the GoodSAM system in 2017 in a limited capacity – initially this was aimed at SAS clinicians to register. This was paused during the Covid-19 pandemic. Full implementation of GoodSAM, which was open to all, was launched in October 2022. Since this date, effectiveness has been measured based on month on month increase to both registrations and alerts accepted through it. Data modelling is now ongoing to establish how best to optimise the system for different parts of Scotland.