Katikati ambulance crews attended 26 incidents last week.
Seventeen of these calls were in the Katikati operational area, one in Whakamarama, two in Bethlehem, four in Tauranga, and two at Mount Maunganui. In 20 of these incidents itwas necessary to transport the patients to Tauranga Hospital, one patient was taken to aGP surgery, three were treated at home, there was one accidental medical alarm activation, and one patient was deceased.
Medical cases accounted for 22 of these calls— conditions such as cardiac arrest, asthma attacks and severe allergic reactions. The remainder were trauma arising from falls.
St John from the city stations attended three calls in the Katikati operational area.
Last week St John commented on motorists encountering slow-moving ambulances.
This week it’s ambulances travelling under lights and sirens.
If an ambulance is coming behind you with lights flashing, motorists can assist the ambulance crew by not only moving over to the left, but also using the left indicator. Driving under lights calls for a great deal of concentration from ambulance crews .