A trust is warning it faces a ‘mass exodus’ of its Australian workers because of concerns over their visa status when they return home on leave in the coming months.
The number of ambulances waiting more than an hour to hand over patients hit a new high last week as pressure from coronavirus increased — even though the number of people being taken to hospital has dropped.
Thousands of calls have been redirected from London’s ambulance trust to providers in other regions in “unprecedented” levels of sustained support, leaked data has revealed.
A pair of major London hospitals are decanting patients to central London sites as the region asks trusts to ‘super surge’ their critical care capacity, HSJ understands.
Patients calling NHS 111 in London could face a 30-hour wait before being admitted to a hospital bed, the capital’s ambulance service has warned.
Some trusts in London and the South East are closing standalone birth centres and warning they cannot support home births because of high levels of demand for ambulance services from covid patients.
Sending a mental health nurse and a paramedic to people in mental distress has dramatically reduced the number taken to A&E in a pilot scheme.
An ambulance chief has called for closer integration between 999 and NHS 111 services in the wake of the covid pandemic.
Three members of staff at London Ambulance Service Trust have been suspended from duty after comments on the trust’s internal communication channels caused “great distress” to BAME staff.
Incidents of delayed defibrillation continued at an ambulance trust three years after it pledged to make changes to the way cardiac arrests were handled.
Ambulance chiefs are looking at alternative defibrillators after coroners highlighted confusion over how to correctly use their existing machines.
Ambulance response times were some of the best ever seen last month – as the extra demand imposed by covid-19 had started to diminish and patients called the service less than last year.
The response time for the commonest ambulance call out rose 45 per cent in March nationally and almost trebled in London, the centre of the coronavirus pandemic.
An ambulance trust is seeking 1,000 extra workers and volunteers to help it through the coming weeks, as it copes with the peak of the coronavirus crisis.
Firefighters are set to drive ambulances from as early as next week as London Ambulance Service Trust struggles to cope with close to a thousand staff off work due to covid-19, HSJ can reveal.
Live videos streamed from major incidents such as stabbings and car crashes to 999 control rooms in London have helped paramedics prioritise air ambulance dispatches to patients in most urgent need of care.
The London Ambulance Service Trust has pledged to improve communications with other emergency services after a report into the Grenfell Tower disaster highlighted failings.
Paramedics will be able to access the records of mental health service users for the first time as part of a wider scheme that aims to allow clinicians to share care records across the country.