Pendle pilot scheme to boost ambulance responses

Pendle pilot scheme to boost ambulance responses

Pendle pilot scheme to boost ambulance responses

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PENDLE could become part of a new North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) project to improve response times in rural areas.

Chairwoman of NWAS Mary Whyham has promised to consider Pendle for a new pilot scheme that places Community Paramedics and Advanced First Responders in rural locations, after concerns were put to her by MP Andrew Stephenson.

In a letter to Mr Stephenson, Ms Whyham said: “East Lancashire does pose a challenge to the North West Ambulance Service due to its rurality.

Initiatives such as Community Paramedics work well in rural areas and I will give my commitment to exploring the possibility of establishing something similar in your constituency.”

Community Paramedics are experienced paramedics that are aligned to localities where there is a specific need to improve the service.

They would provide clinical leadership within Pendle and work as a member community care team to develop a local ‘Health Response Plan’.

They would also be responsible for the assessment, care, treatment, or referral of patients, operating across primary, pre-hospital and secondary care and provide a 999 response for the local community.

Project leader Steve Barnard said: “Community Paramedics would help develop resources to help patients to self-triage and self-care using patient activation; reduce 999 demands and enable patients to access other services for advice and support.

They would also respond, primarily, to life threatening calls within the local community.”

Mr Stephenson said he was regularly contacted by Pendle residents who felt let down by the service and his concerns grew after he witnessed a woman wait for half an hour for an ambulance after she fell and hit her head in Colne.

New figures, published by the Lancashire Telegraph last week, showed that during the three-month period to May, more than 160 patients with life-threatening problems waited more than 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

Mr Stephenson said: “We all understand that the service has been put under pressure and it is encouraging that on most targets they are holding up well.

“However, some targets are being missed and in the harder-to-reach parts of Pendle, this is a serious concern. Residents will expect to see improvement soon, therefore I welcome the commitment being shown to improve the service.”

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10:56pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Pendlesider says...

self-triage, self-care and advice on accessing other services does not solve the problem of improving emergency ambulance response times this MP highlights.
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In his election campaign, the Pendle MP claimed he would fight to reinstate A&E services at Burnley to ensure ambulances wouldn't have to travel to Blackburn from places such as Barnoldswick which was placing patients live's at risk.
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When the A&E at Burnley was closed the ambulance turnaround times were almost doubled. It was taking almost TWICE as long to get an ambulance back on the road and be ready to collect other emergency patients.
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emergency cases in Rossendale, Burnley and Pendle now have to travel to the overcrowded hospital in blackburn and in 2008 there were 16 ambulances waiting ot offload emergency patients, resulting in the hospital closing its doors and re-directing ambulances to other hospitals in other regions.
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many people voted in Andrew Stephenson to resolve the issue but as you can see, now he has his seat firmly based in the commons trough all he has to say is "most targets they are holding up well". A complete farce as highlighted in this news article about POOR ambulance response times.
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Pendle MP Stephenson mentions nothing about WHY this is happening which is a failure in itself considering the MP knows only too well the problem would be solved if he only stuck to his original pledge of reinstating emergency services to Burnley hospital.
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In an emergency, clinical leaderships and Health Response Plans don't save live's, prompt emergency services do. We all know where the failure lays, and I'm sure so does Andrew Stephenson MP.
self-triage, self-care and advice on accessing other services does not solve the problem of improving emergency ambulance response times this MP highlights. . In his election campaign, the Pendle MP claimed he would fight to reinstate A&E services at Burnley to ensure ambulances wouldn't have to travel to Blackburn from places such as Barnoldswick which was placing patients live's at risk. . When the A&E at Burnley was closed the ambulance turnaround times were almost doubled. It was taking almost TWICE as long to get an ambulance back on the road and be ready to collect other emergency patients. . emergency cases in Rossendale, Burnley and Pendle now have to travel to the overcrowded hospital in blackburn and in 2008 there were 16 ambulances waiting ot offload emergency patients, resulting in the hospital closing its doors and re-directing ambulances to other hospitals in other regions. . many people voted in Andrew Stephenson to resolve the issue but as you can see, now he has his seat firmly based in the commons trough all he has to say is "most targets they are holding up well". A complete farce as highlighted in this news article about POOR ambulance response times. . Pendle MP Stephenson mentions nothing about WHY this is happening which is a failure in itself considering the MP knows only too well the problem would be solved if he only stuck to his original pledge of reinstating emergency services to Burnley hospital. . In an emergency, clinical leaderships and Health Response Plans don't save live's, prompt emergency services do. We all know where the failure lays, and I'm sure so does Andrew Stephenson MP. Pendlesider
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