British Army Called in to Assist North East Ambulance Service

The British army was called in to assist the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) to cope with a 68% rise in demand for emergency services, the highest level in NEAS history. 

“In response to the increased demand we are facing, a group of 25 military personnel arrived at NEAS recently,” NEAS Deputy Chief Vicky Court said.

The service recorded 45,000 calls last month and the ambulances responded to about 3,500 category one calls.

The military personnel who were drafted in and completed training would be driving patients who do not need emergency care or clinical care offered by paramedics but need to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

“This was the first time the army has been called in to help the ambulance service in this way,” the BBC reported.

The army would be driving the NEAS patient transport vehicles and will be assisted by an officer from the service. 

According to Court, this method would boost their resources and give time to paramedics to attend to life-threatening incidents. 

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