SWASFT

Pandemic brings couple together - SW firefighter and paramedic announce their engagement

Today, 11 February, ahead of Valentine's Day – Lauren Biffen, student paramedic and firefighter Martin Green publically announce their engagement. The pair met whilst driving ambulances for South West Ambulance Service (SWASfT) as part of a joint initiative with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and other fire and rescue services in the region intended to help safeguard frontline...

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‘Stay safe this New Year’ says ambulance service 

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is asking people to welcome the start of 2021 safely, and not make unnecessary 999 calls.

The NHS is experiencing high demand for its services, due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic alongside normal winter pressures.

SWASFT dealt with around 2,600 incidents a day between 19 and 28 December, and is...

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When you should call 999 this Christmas

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is reminding people only to call 999 in a genuine life-threatening emergency this Christmas.

The trust is anticipating a high demand for the 999 service over the festive period, due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic alongside normal winter pressures.

It has dealt with around 2,650 calls a day so far...

Coronavirus: Ambulance staff report 290 violence and aggression incidents

Hundreds of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) staff have experienced violence and aggression while working during the coronavirus pandemic. Ambulance crews and control room staff reported 290 incidents during the first 10 weeks of lockdown from 23 March to 31 May. This figure compared with 199 during the same time period in 2019. The majority (84%) of the cases...

Ambulance service to recruit paramedics from Czech Republic and Slovakia

South Western Ambulance Service has started a recruitment campaign to attract around twenty qualified paramedics from the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

A national shortage of qualified paramedics in England means that previous recruitment campaigns have not produced the number of paramedics required across the South West.

Paramedics in the Czech Republic and Slovakia have...

Increase in number of assaults of SWASFT staff

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is continuing to take a zero tolerance approach to any form of abuse on its staff after having seen an increase in the number of reported assaults throughout the past 12-months.

Between 1 February 1 2013 and 31 January 2014 there have been 104 reports of physical abuse to front line crews. The type of injuries staff have...

New contract awarded for patient transport in Plymouth

The contract for non-emergency patient transport in Plymouth has been awarded to the healthcare and waste services company SRCL Limited.

This follows a tender process launched in March 2013, with qualified organisations invited to bid for the five year contract to provide the service.

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust said: "Patients travelling to healthcare appointments in Plymouth...