St John Scotland, formed in 1947, is a Scottish charity dedicated to helping others through medical and rescue activities. Its head office, the Chancery, is in Edinburgh. Unlike St John in England, it does not provide ambulance services.


Instead St John Scotland supports mountain rescue by providing rescue bases and vehicles for Scottish mountain rescue teams, promotes mountain safety, has provided a state of the art neonatal ambulance, and provides defibrillators at golf clubs and in public places such as Waverley Station. St John Scotland is divided into twelve areas, each with their own projects, such as the First Responder Service in Angus and Dundee and Palliative Care in Dumfries and Galloway.


National Projects

Mountain Safety

St John Scotland began a new mountain safety project in 2015 by appointing a mountaineering safety instructor, Nick Carter, in a project developed jointly with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

Climbing has taken him all over the globe to face the challenge of some of the highest summits; it has provided a career and a business; and it introduced him to his wife Amy, the mother of their two daughters.


Mountain Rescue Support

St John Scotland has supported mountain rescue teams across Scotland since 1997. These volunteer teams are tasked by Police Scotland in response to 999 calls from people in trouble in the Scottish countryside.


First Responder Service

A new project for St John Scotland began in 2012 with the provision of a First Responder Service. A First Responder is a member of the public who volunteers to help their community by responding to medical emergencies while an ambulance is on its way.


Patient Care Services

Dumfries and Galloway members operate two schemes to help transport people living in their area to and from medical treatment, and there is a similar scheme in Angus and Dundee.



St John Scotland

St John's House

21 St John Street




Tel: +44 (0) 131 556 8711