Busy festive period for ambulance service

THE clinical support desks in the service’s control rooms handled 875 calls for lower acuity patients which can often mean a patient can remain at home and not need ambulance attendance, and community first responders volunteers, who are dispatched to life-threatening emergencies, attended 188 patients and put in thousands of hours of their own time.

Guide dog friendly ambulances to be unveiled

TRIALS of the first ambulances in the region adapted to improve the conveyance of patients with guide dogs will be unveiled by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST). An event held at EEAST’s Cambourne HQ on Friday, December 20 will showcase a new ambulance which helps ensure that it meets the needs of guide dogs and their owners.

Ambulance service make right call to “educate” public

THE REGION’S NHS ambulance service is today (Monday, November 5) launching an online campaign to educate people on how 999 calls are handled and prioritised. The Right Call campaign will focus on how the ambulance service makes the right call for all its patients by correctly assessing and grading each one for the right response time.

Two injured after road smash in Linford

TWO men have been taken to hospital following an earlier road collision this afternoon, Sunday, October 28. The East of England Ambulance Service were alerted to Northumberland Road, Linford at 12.38pm to a report of a two vehicle collision. Two ambulances, a rapid response car and a duty officer attended the scene.

Two men injured at Titan lorry park

Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “The two men received injuries after a collision with a HGV trailer. One man in his 30s was taken to Darenth Park Hospital in Kent with abdominal and chest injuries. The other was slightly injured and he was taken to Basildon Hospital for further care.”

Man crushed by lorry in South Ockendon

Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “We believe the man who is 28-years-old was working on a lorry when the collision took place. The ambulance crews already at the scene worked closely with the critical care team from the helicopter before the patient was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel by land with a serious foot injury.”

Man in hospital after falling from Orsett windmill

Ambulance service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “The man who we believe to be in his 50s sustained a back injury during the fall. Paramedics treated the man and gave him pain relieving drugs to ease the pain whilst they removed him with the help of the fire service from the fourth floor of the windmill.”

Ambulance Service advice for strike day

Alan Murray, Director of Service Delivery, said: “A considerable amount of contingency planning has taken place in preparation for Wednesday. As always we are urging the public to ring for an ambulance only in an emergency. If you are experiencing chest pains, have difficulty in breathing or someone is having a suspected stroke, please call for an ambulance immediately.