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Helping the ambulance service

We know the ambulance service can take hours to attend some calls. For example. I heard today that a teacher had damaged their back and another member of staff spent 6 hours holding this person until the ambulance turned up, now we may not be ble to have moved her ourselves but we could have certainly offer assistance in helping the injured be comfortable, which would have taken the pressure off other stuff members. It' s the same with falls etc.. we could apply to do more first aid to the point where we could take patients to hospital ourselves, (when able to) which takes a little pressre of ambulances stuff.

Another idea would be to assist at a & e where we wait with patients when brought in by an ambulance, allowing them to go straight back out rather than waiting hours for the bed trolley unless of course it' life threatening then they get seen straight away. I' aware something like this happens in Swansea but what about towns ? 

This would certainly make people much more aware of British Red Cross aswel.  It would also give volunteers more of a chance of attending a crisis. I've been with the British Red Cross for over a year and haven't once been on a call out despite volunteering two to three times a week. 

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    October 05, 2018 08:37


    I'm not sure what you want me to do with this email. ? Is my idea going ahead ?

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    October 08, 2018 12:25

    For quite a few years in London, Red Cross volunteer ambulance crews took on support shifts - answering 999 calls in the same way as NHS crews. Very sadly this system fell apart about 3 years ago, mainly because of a ridiculous dispute between the two management teams over use of an airway device. Now St John Ambulance provide support on a paid basis!