Flu jabs helps am­bu­lances


ROBERT STEVEN Get­ting im­mu­nised helps out am­bu­lance ser­vices, St John med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Tony Smith says.

‘‘Each win­ter, the surge of 111 am­bu­lance calls con­tin­ues to in­crease,’’ he said.

‘‘De­spite St John’s best ef­forts to triage and treat peo­ple in-home, this places a lot of pres­sure on the am­bu­lance ser­vice and the hos­pi­tal emer­gency de­part­ments.’’

St John’s has brought in a new triage cen­tre to man­age calls and im­prove pa­tient out­comes, he said.

‘‘This is the first year the St John 111 Clin­i­cal Hub has been in place na­tion­wide, help­ing triage emer­gency 111 calls to make sure call­ers re­ceive the most ap­pro­pri­ate ad­vice and treat­ment.

‘‘This helps us to en­sure that the pa­tients in the most ur­gent need are re­ceiv­ing an ap­pro­pri­ately ur­gent re­sponse.’’ In an emer­gency, call 111, he said. ‘‘We will find the most ap­pro­pri­ate help for you through a clin­i­cal as­sess­ment.

‘‘This may not be an am­bu­lance or trans­port to an emer­gency depart­ment, but you will get the right care, at the right time.’’

Get­ting im­mu­nized can ease the strain on St John am­bu­lances this win­ter.

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