Yorkshire Ambulance Service use St John Ambulance to cope with demand

Published: Friday 2nd October 2015 by KCFM

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They’re blaming the challenging environment in their A and E department

St John’s  say they’ve also have hired an additional 74 frontline staff, including paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

They added  their support offered to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service is nothing new.

Dr David Macklin, Executive Director of Emergency Operations at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said:

“As a professional ambulance service we respond to the overwhelming majority of our emergency patients using our own staff and vehicles. However, with our A&E service continuing to operate in a difficult and challenging environment, our own resources can be complemented by St John Ambulance and some private providers.

“These staff have been responding to less serious ‘Green’ 999 calls on our behalf, but on occasion when they have been the nearest resource to an emergency incident, they have been asked to respond in the same way as a community first responder would or back up one of our rapid response vehicles already on scene and convey patients to hospital for further care.

“Safeguards and operating standards are in place to ensure that the use of these services maintains our own expectations of the level of service provided.

“We are committed to increasing our A&E Operations workforce, and with recruitment efforts well underway we will see an additional 74 frontline staff, including paramedics and emergency medical technicians joining us in September and October 2015.”

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Published: Friday 2nd October 2015 by KCFM

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