The ambulance services in United Kingdom & Ireland are continually improving their support of people with Addison's, thanks to the lobbying and advocacy of our charity and its volunteers over recent years.

If you live in the United Kingdom

For UK residents, it is important to register your Addison’s or adrenal insufficiency with your local ambulance service. This helps ensure that any call you make to them will be treated as a priority and also helps make the first response team aware of your medication needs including emergency injectable hydrocortisone, which they may carry.

Different ambulance services have different methods for registering steroid-dependent patients.

  • If you live within the London Ambulance area, you do not need to register as all London first response vehicles carry emergency hydrocortisone injections and are trained in how to give these. In London, families with a steroid-dependent child are still encouraged to register their home and school addresses.
  • If you live in Scotland, your GP must complete an Emergency Care Summary on your behalf to be attached to your CHI records.
  • Other ambulance services have their own protocols and registration procedures, which are discussed in the Ambulance and A&E sections in our membership online forum.

Our members can find details of the registration procedures and contact details for most ambulance services in the Ambulance and A&E section of the membership forum, along with helpful posts shared by members about their ambulance experiences. As a member you can look up your specific ambulance service by county here... and find links to the correct sub-forum and ambulance service website.

If you live in the Republic of Ireland

Within the Republic of Ireland, all ambulances now carry injectable hydrocortisone; home address registration is not offered.