Ambulance trust pleas for military aid amid ‘extreme’ pressure

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A major ambulance trust has called for military aid amid warnings of “excessive” pressure and patient harm due to delays.

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The South Coast Ambulance Service Trust said Thursday it was on “REAP Four” – formally known as “black alert” – and requested military assistance.

Board papers show that the trust has sought support, which is yet to get the green light, which means there will be 10 additional ambulances on the road every day.


Military support was given to several ambulance services in England during the summer and last month the military services were deployed to the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Earlier this month, Granthshala It is learned that 160,000 patients have been harmed as ambulances have to wait outside A&E for a long time.

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Ambulance services have reported extreme pressure for months, with some on “black alert” since the start of summer. The head of the Care Quality Commission, Ted Baker, has previously reported Granthshala He had “very real” concerns about the risk to patient safety by delaying the ambulance.

On 30 October and 1 November, the South Central Ambulance Service Trust announced a “serious incident” due to “excessive” pressure on its services and reported that it was struggling to answer calls.

The trust said Thursday it continues to experience “significant operating pressure” and that REAP remains at four “in line with the vast majority of other ambulance trusts.”

The trust said 3,910 ambulance hours were lost in October due to delays in handing over patients to A&E at Portsmouth University Hospitals Trust.

During a board meeting on Thursday, NHS England warned that demand for 111 services was also very high, with more than 2 million calls in October – a 44 per cent increase over 2019-20.

It added: “Ambulance services have been under significant pressure to answer over 999 calls in October 2021 … leading to extended call answer delays.”

“We have also seen an increasing number of ambulances facing delays outside A&E departments. Our focus is to minimize avoidable damage through all stretches of the ambulance route.”


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