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Australian paramedics in ‘mass exodus’ from NHS fear

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.


Long ambulance handovers reach highest level for three years

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 London’s 999 calls answered by other regions

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.

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Two hospitals ‘decanting’ to central London trust amid ‘extreme’ pressures

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.


Exclusive: Leak reveals urgent care patients face 30-hour waits because of covid pressures

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.

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Covid crisis forces suspension of maternity services

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.


Mental health nurses can reduce A&E trips, new study finds

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.


Pandemic proves combined 999 and 111 services more effective, claim ambulance leaders

An ambulance chief has called for closer integration between 999 and NHS 111 services in the wake of the covid pandemic.

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Staff suspended after ‘great distress’ to BAME workers

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.


Delayed defibrillation led to second death despite revised guidance

Incidents of delayed defibrillation continued at an ambulance trust three years after it pledged to make changes to the way cardiac arrests were handled.


Patient deaths prompt ambulance chiefs to look for alternative defibrillators

Ambulance chiefs are looking at alternative defibrillators after coroners highlighted confusion over how to correctly use their existing machines.


Ambulance response fastest ever as demand wanes

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.


Ambulance waiting times soared in March as calls hit record high

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.


Ambulance trust seeks 1,000 staff to cope with coronavirus

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 to drive London’s ambulances as staff sickness soars

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.

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Live videos from trauma scenes halve air ambulance use

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.

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Ambulance trust promises better joint working after Grenfell

The London Ambulance Service Trust has pledged to improve communications with other emergency services after a report into the Grenfell Tower disaster highlighted failings.


National sharing of patient records enabled in first-of-kind initiative

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.

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Large provider of 999 support enters administration

One of England’s largest providers of 999 support to the NHS has gone into administration, affecting several NHS trusts, HSJ has learned.