Ambulance service’s new scheme launched on coast

East Midlands Ambulance Service hopes its new schemes will help the area.
East Midlands Ambulance Service hopes its new schemes will help the area.
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A new cycle response unit was launched in Skegness at the weekend to help East Midlands Ambulance Service provide fast, emergency treatment and care.

Together with the new Emergency Care Practitioner Ambulance Assessment Unit scheme launched nearly seven weeks ago, EMAS hopes this service will improve its response and the care it provides during the high season.

The paramedics on bikes will respond to 999 calls received within a 1.5 mile radius of the busy resort from Ingoldmells to Skegness sea front, including shopping areas.

Jon Sargeant Chief Executive, said: “The cyclists and ECP Assessment Unit can get to them quickly to assess their condition and help determine if an ambulance needs to come to the scene.”

The ECP Assessment Unit has been operational for nearly seven weeks and, during July, over one hundred patients were treated in the unit; just one patient had to be transported to hospital.

The schemes have been funded by EMAS and have been provided as additional support for the area. Currently the unit is stopping off at Golden Sands, Mablethorpe, Chapel St Leonards, Fantasy Island Ingoldmells and Skegness, seven days per week, covering the caravan sites and surrounding areas.