A bit about our Ambulance Service in the South
Their two main functions are:
- the provision of an accident and emergency service to respond to 999 calls
- the Patient Transport Service.
SCAS is also involved, along with other healthcare providers, in service developments which will enable them to treat more patients in their own homes and therefore prevent unnecessary trips to hospital. Responses to calls are based on the needs of the patient. A range of responses is available to emergency calls, including:
- Double crewed and singled crewed paramedic ambulances
- Bicycle responders
- Community First Responders (like me)
Community Equipment Loan Service
In addition, in Berkshire, SCAS provide a Community Equipment Loans Service on behalf of the local health economy. Based at Theale, the service provides a large range of medical equipment and aids, which support patients to continue independent living in their own homes.
They provide a wide range of first aid courses through their commercial training department. They provide First Aid at Work training. (and so do I) OK! So if I know all this about our local Ambulance service...
I am a Community First Responder for them after all, and a first aid instructor, who, I hasten to add, is available as a first aider for concerts, functions, football matches, school fetes etc...
how is it that when someone asked me earlier today what I know about South Central Ambulance Service, my mind went blank and I looked like a total idiot???