Overview: The Auroville Ambulance Service started operating on the 15th of August 2012. This service works in tandem with the Auroville institute of Integral Health and other Auroville health services to meet the emergency needs of our resident population. This was made possible through foreign donations and generous grants from the Government of India.
The Ambulance service is used on an average of one trip every 3-5 days. This figure includes emergency response for accidents and emergencies and medical transport to and from hospital for people in need. About two thirds of the calls received by the ambulance dispatch are not emergencies and do not require ambulance transport, and in these cases, the dispatcher provides information on how best to manage the situation.
The Ambulance service team presently consists of an advanced paramedic, and a growing team of qualified individuals, and members of the Auroville Safety and Security service, who support them for dispatch and as emergency first responders. Doctors and nurses are on-call should there be a need for additional support. The team are trained in the medical management of heart related emergencies, trauma care, and they were at the forefront in assisting Auroville residents to weather the difficult CoVid times. Ambulance and security personnel receive continuous education in the field of emergency management and certification in basic life support is offered in Auroville schools and to the wider community on a regular basis.
Service outline: The AV Ambulance Service provides the following scope of service
to residents and guests of Auroville:
24/7 availability of emergency response with an equipped and staffed ambulance vehicle, which arrives at the scene of emergency, within AV city area, in under thirty minutes.
First aid and treatment on site and during transport with an advanced paramedic on board.
Providing information over the phone on what to do in urgent medical situations which don’t require ambulance transport.
When to use the Auroville Ambulance? (24/7 AV Ambulance Telephone: 9442224680)
Call the Auroville Ambulance service, if you, or anyone around you, experiences any of the following situations. Call the Ambulance dispatcher if you are unsure.
Sudden changes in level of consciousness (disoriented, difficulty speaking)
Heavy bleeding due to accident or trauma, or fall from a height
Major or multiple injury
Signs of stroke: Speech difficulty, facial droop, one sided weakness in limbs
Severe allergic reactions, snake bites or other life-threatening conditions
How to use the Auroville Ambulance Service: (24/7 AV Ambulance Telephone : 9442224680)
To avoid delays and to maximise efficient response times, the Auroville Ambulance team requests callers to support them in the following manner;
When dialling the Auroville Ambulance , speak clearly and provide following details :
Location of accident/ emergency site with landmarks
Name of patient
Sex and approximate age (if known) of patient,
Is the person conscious?
Is the person breathing?
Describe injury briefly.
Provide any further available information as requested by the dispatcher. This is essential for the medical staff and persons handling the patient during transport.
Follow over the phone all first aid advice as given by the dispatcher.
The caller should wait till the ambulance arrives.
Do not move an injured person.
Do not load the patient into a taxi where he cannot get medical support needed during transportation. It is strongly recommended to wait a few minutes more if required for the ambulance to arrive than carry away the patient who may be in a medically unsupported or panic stricken manner.
Organise for someone to accompany the patient and stay with them in hospital if required.
Pack and take along personal items, money, current medication and all relevant medical reports.
Being calm and supportive towards the patient and the ambulance staff facilitates the best outcome.
The Ambulance service is available for all persons needing medical transport within the AV territory.
For Aurovilians, Newcomers and Friends of Auroville, the ambulance also responds to calls outside Auroville.
Contact: AV AMBULANCE (24/7)
+91 9442224680 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: For people without Auroville resident status, who may need attention outside of AV, please use the free government ambulance service or the locally available ambulance services listed in the contacts
24/7 Government Ambulance: 108
PIMS Hospital, Puducherry: 0413 – 2655055 (24/7 emergency)