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Think twice before calling 999 for an ambulance

Authored by Mary

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging people to “think twice” before calling 999 for an ambulance this Bank Holiday weekend.

The Trust experienced its busiest summer week of activity in three years between 10 and 16 August when it responded to almost 20,000 incidents.

It has dealt with around 75,500 incidents during the past four calendar...

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Ambulance service warns over high summer demand 

Authored by Mary

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is reminding people only to call 999 in a medical emergency when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. The Trust has been responding to a high number of incidents in recent days, as demand on the service has increased noticeably during the past month. SWASFT dealt with 14,340 incidents between Friday 7 and...

Devon Air Ambulance stands down aircraft

Authored by Mary

Devon Air Ambulance will temporarily be responding to patients solely by critical care car but its critical care paramedics will still be able to respond to patients with their specialist skills and equipment. Heléna Holt, CEO, explains “Standing down our aircraft has been a very difficult decision for us to make but one we have had to take in order to protect all of our crew.” She added “...

When to call 999 this Christmas

Authored by Mary

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is urging people only to call 999 this Christmas if someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.

Demand for the ambulance service is likely to peak over the next two weeks when staff are expecting to respond to more than 3,000 calls a day.

Paramedics and Control Room staff warn that unnecessary...

Learn how to Restart a Heart with St John Ambulance in Devon

Authored by Paula_D

St John Ambulance volunteers in Devon will teach the public how to save lives this month, as part of the 2019 Restart A Heart campaign.

At a series of free sessions, people can learn how to help someone who has gone into cardiac arrest, via practical information on how to deliver cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and deliver shocks to the heart with a defibrillator.

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SW ambulance ranked top nationally for health research

Authored by News Desk

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is the top ambulance service in England for running the most clinical research studies to inform and improve patient care and treatments in the future.

One hundred per cent of all the NHS Trusts in England are offering the opportunity to participate in health research to patients according to a league table published today by the...

Life-saving helipad marks first anniversary

Authored by Mary

This week marks the first anniversary of the opening of our helipad, which was officially launched on Friday 5 June 2015, with its first ever landing of a Search and Rescue helicopter.

Previously Derriford Hospital did not have a recognised helipad and instead had a small grassed-over area adjacent to the Emergency Department, which had been used for some years as a set-down area for...

Motorists urged to take extra care this weekend

Authored by Mary

As the Bank Holiday weekend approaches South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is expecting a busy weekend across the region and is urging drivers to take extra care on the roads.

An influx of visitors is expected to descend on the South West’s tourist spots this weekend, especially as it is the last weekend for families to enjoy a break before schools begin the...

Think before you dial 999 for an ambulance

Authored by Mary

Now that the summer season is upon us and the holiday makers are arriving in all corners of the region, South Western Ambulance Service (SWASFT) is reminding people to Choose Well and only dial 999 in a life threatening emergency.

Over the last weekend (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July) the Trust attended a host of incidents including stabbings, cardiac arrests, a sky diving accident...

Ambulance service to recruit paramedics from Czech Republic and Slovakia

Authored by Mary

South Western Ambulance Service has started a recruitment campaign to attract around twenty qualified paramedics from the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

A national shortage of qualified paramedics in England means that previous recruitment campaigns have not produced the number of paramedics required across the South West.

Paramedics in the Czech Republic and Slovakia have...

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