A pioneering emergency service in Long Sutton has been backed by the area’s county councillor as figures show that almost 100 patients have been helped so far.
The project between East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue (LFR) which sees patients taken to hospital by the nearest emergency service available at the time of a callout has been praised by Lincolnshire County Council member for Sutton Elloe, Chris Brewis.
Between September 17 2014 and July 5 1015, 96 patients have been taken to hospital under the Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project (JACP), almost a quarter of the total number of calls taken by Long Sutton Fire Station’s six-strong crew.
Coun Brewis, who is also vice chairman of Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Committee, said: “The JACP has so far proved a huge success and Long Sutton Fire Station’s retained staff have already done more ‘non-fire’ emergency callouts than any other fire station in the county.
“The enthusiasm of LFR staff, EMAS personnel and our area has proved that this is a model for future working in rural counties which may well be worth ‘rolling out’ across the country.
“A huge debt is owed to (watch manager) Richard King, all his staff at Long Sutton Fire Station and EMAS for making this pilot project such a boost to people’s wellbeing in our area.”
The enthusiasm of LFR staff, EMAS personnel and our area has proved that this is a model for future working in rural counties which may well be worth ‘rolling out’ across the country.Coun Chris Brewis, vice chairman of Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Committee
Through the project, EMAS is up for one of this year’s Health Service Journal Value in Healthcare Awards to be presented in London on September 22.
Michael Barnett-Connolly, head of community response at EMAS, said: “The clear ambition of this project is to improve the survival rate for people who suffer a life-threatening illness of injury in the community.”
There is also support from Long Sutton district councillors Laura Eldridge and Jack Tyrrell who said: “We are very lucky in Long Sutton to have such a dedicated team that have worked extremely hard to obtain an ambulance and they are doing an amazing job in providing a wonderful service.
“Richard King and his men work very hard to take care of the people in our area, so they deserve the support of all of us.
“Having an ambulance at Long Sutton Fire Station is just what we need here and it’s thanks to Richard and his staff that we have it.
“The JACP is a pilot scheme but now that it’s here - and knowing Richard - there’s no way they’ll be taking it back.”