Paramedics advised to bring fewer people to hospital

Halstead Gazette: Paramedics advised to bring less people to hospital Paramedics advised to bring less people to hospital

MORE people should be treated at home by paramedics rather than be taken to hospital, according to a new report.

The NHS Confederation wants a change nationwide, a move welcomed by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

The trust already has one of the lowest conveyance rates in the country.

John Martin, director of patient safety and clinical standards, said: “We welcome the report and support the developments suggested for how we treat patients.

“It emphasises the need to ensure paramedics are trained and educated to treat the wide spectrum of patients we encounter.

“As a trust we are now developing a diploma for our student paramedics and degree programmes with five partner universities and we are also piloting a specialist paramedic programme, all of which will contribute to treating patients more effectively.”

The change would see trusts judged on more than just response times.

The report was written by providers across the country including EEAST chief executive Dr Anthony Marsh.
 

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7:27am Sun 16 Mar 14

Romy17 says...

Our daughter was treated at home by a paramedic for 3hours at 7 weeks pregnant. He failed to send her to hospital and failed to diagnose eptopiic pregnancy even tho she was rolling around floor in agony. Next day doctor sent her for scan as in un bearable pain .she had been bleeding internally for hours ,she was told by the surgeon she was lucky to be alive . Not sure paramedics know everything and a referral to A and E is necessary sometimes .
Our daughter was treated at home by a paramedic for 3hours at 7 weeks pregnant. He failed to send her to hospital and failed to diagnose eptopiic pregnancy even tho she was rolling around floor in agony. Next day doctor sent her for scan as in un bearable pain .she had been bleeding internally for hours ,she was told by the surgeon she was lucky to be alive . Not sure paramedics know everything and a referral to A and E is necessary sometimes . Romy17
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