04 February 2011
Islanders who need to use the ambulance service can learn how to save a life thanks to a new booklet put together by ambulance staff.
The guide offers advice on how to call an ambulance and how to help the emergency ambulance and fire controllers deal with the emergency. It also offers an insight into the wide-ranging work of the ambulance service.
Operations manager for the ambulance service, Richard D’Ulivo Rogers, said “The ambulance service responds to thousands of emergency calls each year. Even though this is our essential work, perhaps beyond that people do not realise the full extent of what we do, or the process that is in place to get the ambulance to them.
“We decided to put together advice about calling an ambulance along with other items about other aspects of our work, as well as first-aid advice."
The booklet has been distributed widely throughout the Island, with copies available from all parish halls, GP surgeries, Family Nursing and Home Care, the Health Promotion Unit and the Elizabeth Terminal.
Richard said “It covers the roles of ambulance technicians and paramedics, and signs to look out for if someone is having a stroke. There is also information on the patient transport service, the ambulance support unit, the work of the combined control centre and how to deal with an emergency.
“It may be simple and easy to learn information that one day could save someone’s life. If anyone would like copies to distribute to any family, friends, relatives or work colleagues please contact the ambulance station on +44 (0) 1534 444710.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Community Safety who helped support this booklet with a grant."