Joint ambulance service now covers Dorset and the South West

Joint ambulance service now covers Dorset and the South West

Joint ambulance service now covers Dorset and the South West

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PLANS to bring in a joint ambulance service partnership for Dorset have come into effect today.

Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, approved the proposals for South Western ambulance service foundation trust and Great Western ambulance service to join forces earlier this month, as reported in the Echo at the time.

There is now a single ambulance service for the South West, serving a population of more than 5.3million people.

Heather Strawbridge, chairman of South Western ambulance service said: “I would like to thank staff from both trusts who have worked – and continue to work – so hard to make this partnership a reality.”

Great Western ambulance service chairman, Peter Carr, said: “When as a board we decided in August 2011 to identify a partner rather than pursue an application for foundation trust status as an independent trust, our decision was based on the best interests of patients, staff and taxpayers.

“That focus has remained throughout the rigorous process that has resulted in this welcome these changes.”

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5:00pm Fri 1 Feb 13

wessex-andy says...

Back in November I was unlucky enough to require the services of an ambulance and its crew.

They were on site almost before the telephone was put down and correctly diagnosed the problem within just a few minutes. After a very quick ride in appalling weather conditions I was delivered from Weymouth to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital where I was handed over for emergency treatment.

I can't praise the efficiency of the crew highly enough. Thanks to them I am still here.
Back in November I was unlucky enough to require the services of an ambulance and its crew. They were on site almost before the telephone was put down and correctly diagnosed the problem within just a few minutes. After a very quick ride in appalling weather conditions I was delivered from Weymouth to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital where I was handed over for emergency treatment. I can't praise the efficiency of the crew highly enough. Thanks to them I am still here. wessex-andy
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8:57pm Fri 1 Feb 13

clansman59 says...

Why did they take you all the way to Bournemouth when Dorchester hospital has a very good A&E or did you need a specialist only Bournemouth had?
Why did they take you all the way to Bournemouth when Dorchester hospital has a very good A&E or did you need a specialist only Bournemouth had? clansman59
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8:13am Sat 2 Feb 13

wessex-andy says...

clansman59 wrote:
Why did they take you all the way to Bournemouth when Dorchester hospital has a very good A&E or did you need a specialist only Bournemouth had?
I had a heart attack at 10.30pm. Bournemouth is the centre of excellence for cardiac problems and there is an operating team on duty 24 hours a day,

Although Dorchester is closer and the cardiac team there is quite capable of carrying out the procedure that I had, I would have had to wait until they came on duty.

I was sitting in bed in the critical care unit at Bournemouth, drinking a cup of tea by 12.30 in the morning.

Efficient work indeed.
[quote][p][bold]clansman59[/bold] wrote: Why did they take you all the way to Bournemouth when Dorchester hospital has a very good A&E or did you need a specialist only Bournemouth had?[/p][/quote]I had a heart attack at 10.30pm. Bournemouth is the centre of excellence for cardiac problems and there is an operating team on duty 24 hours a day, Although Dorchester is closer and the cardiac team there is quite capable of carrying out the procedure that I had, I would have had to wait until they came on duty. I was sitting in bed in the critical care unit at Bournemouth, drinking a cup of tea by 12.30 in the morning. Efficient work indeed. wessex-andy
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11:05am Sat 2 Feb 13

clansman59 says...

Thank you for answering my question hope you have fully recovered from your heart attack.
Thank you for answering my question hope you have fully recovered from your heart attack. clansman59
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