Revolutionising emergency services

September 2005
Working with Older People: Community Care Policy & Practice;Sep2005, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p8
Academic Journal
The article reports on the British Department of Health's (DoH) plans for improving health services in Great Britain. The DoH aims to support changes by increasing the number of Emergency Care Practitioners who are a new type of health professional, largely but not exclusively paramedics with extended training. The changes include training and equipping ambulance staff to carry out and interpret more diagnostic tests and undertake basic procedures in the home. They will also be able to refer patients to social care services, directly admit patients to specialist units, and prescribe a wider range of medications. The department also plans to improve technology and information and reorganize ambulance trusts and call centres to achieve faster response times to save more lives; and to provide better advice over the phone for non-urgent 999 callers.


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