On duty for the NHS in Hampshire
St John Ambulance in Hampshire is on
major incident alert [Thursday 2 December] to help the NHS and
other statutory agencies.
Ready for emergency
The charity has asked all members to be prepared for duty, all
vehicles to be ready for deployment and all St John Ambulance
buildings to be made ready for emergency use.
Volunteers are already out on duty supporting the NHS.
I am in direct contact with the SCAS Operational Manager to maintain communications about crews required.
County Ambulance Officer, Hampshire
Now, the Hampshire branch of the charity has declared a Major
- All vehicles are being made ready to
- All available ambulance qualified
members are prepared r mobilisation to support local ambulance
- All available first aider and support
members are prepared for mobilisation to support local rest
- All headquarters are accessible and
prepared ready to receive local residents
- All non-essential travel, meetings,
including unit meetings, and interviews are being reviewed
The charity has several 4x4 ambulances and one crew last night
took over an hour to drive 20 miles from Fareham to Alresford to
reach an inaccessible call.
This afternoon the following crews are on duty:
- 4x4 ambulance in Alton from 1200hrs
- 4x4 ambulance in Fareham from
- 4x4 ambulance in
- 4x4 unit with Advanced First Aid
driver from 1800hrs.
One member of St John Ambulance driving
his own 4x4 to do crew movements, conveying suitable patients to
hospital, and taking SCAS crews to scene.
St John’s Ambulance Officer (Hampshire)
Dan Bevis said: ‘I envisage our support to SCAS continuing until
Friday night or Saturday morning when the weather is due to settle
St John has 1,000 volunteers across the county
who give first aid and care to the public each year.
Dan Bevis, St John’s Ambulance Officer in
Hampshire, said: ‘I am in direct contact with the SCAS Operational
Manager to maintain communications about crews required.
‘St John Ambulance is proving yet again that
we are a vital part of the emergency response system.
‘We support our local communities and the
statutory NHS services in times of crisis.’
Last winter, St John volunteers crewed 4x4
vehicles to help patients who couldn’t be reached in traditional
ambulances. They clocked up 3,000 shifts helping deliver babies,
treat broken limbs and set up rest centres for those unable to
reach their homes in the heavy snow.