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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 .

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