Ambulance Service Association

Ambulance Service Association

December 05, 2006 12:16 ET

Ambulance Services Are Already Providing Innovative Emergency Care Says Representative Body

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 05, 2006) - The Ambulance Service Association (ASA) is underlining the fact that ambulance Trusts are already rising to the challenge of providing more appropriate care for emergency patients following the Department of Health's publication of two reports today Emergency Access and Mending Hearts and Brains.

The ASA represents NHS ambulance services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as the public ambulance services of the Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Guernsey and Jersey.

Richard Diment, ASA Chief Executive says:

"The improvements outlined in today's reports are to be welcomed as they will save lives and ensure that people are treated in the most effective ways possible. Indeed, it is high time that emergency networks were refined. This will help alleviate the unnecessary burden on A&E departments, will ensure that more patients suffer less discomfort and will give them a better chance of surviving a serious medical emergency such as a heart attack, stroke or trauma.

"Ambulance Trusts are already providing specialist paramedic care in highly innovative ways and there should be no doubt that these changes will improve overall NHS care. Ambulance clinicians now have the skills to deal with many less serious conditions at the patient's home which will avoid the need for a substantial number of those calling 999 to actually have to go into hospital. At the same time the concept of 'hospital on the move' will not be affected as highly trained professionals will be on hand to deliver the highest levels of care during journeys to specialist centres of excellence, where all of the specialist consultants and staff, equipment and medical resources required to treat seriously ill patients will be available under one roof."

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Notes to editors

- Richard Diment, ASA Chief Executive, is available for interviews.
- The ASA is the principal organisation representing the interests of ambulance services. It provides a progressive arena where members can share their experiences and collaborate on the implementation of new ways of working.

Contact Information

  • ASA Chief Executive
    Richard Diment
    0207 928 9620 or 07899 797890
    or
    Communications & PR advisor
    Carl Rees
    01273 775564 or 07958 547727