Tony Ryall Minister of HealthThursday 09 August 2012, 3:45PM
Media release from Tony Ryall Minister of Health
Top paramedics are now providing expert emergency clinical advice
in Ambulance Communications Centres and helping to save more lives,
says Health Minister Tony Ryall.
The Minister today visited Wellington's new clinical desk at the
combined St John and Wellington Free Ambulance Communications
Centre and found out for himself how the new paramedics will
support 111 call takers, dispatchers and front line staff.
"The National Government has invested over $1 million to establish
and run the clinical desks. This funding is in addition to the $160
million ambulance services will receive this financial year from
the Ministry of Health and ACC," Mr Ryall says.
Three clinical desks staffed by paramedics who are qualified at
the highest level - advanced life support - have been established
in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this year. The Auckland
clinical desk began its service in February and the Wellington and
Christchurch desks in July.
"Our ambulance staff now have immediate access to clinical advice
and support while they work quickly to provide emergency care to
patients. The desks will ensure each patient gets the most
appropriate emergency care and will help save more lives.
"It's great to hear that ambulance staff have been very receptive
to this service and are frequently using the paramedics to help
enhance dispatching, particularly in times of heavy workload.
"For example, in the event of a disaster, such as the Christchurch
earthquake, the clinical support desk will play a vital role in
ensuring the best possible use of resources to help save as many
lives as possible.
"I would like to thank representatives from the Ambulance New
Zealand, Wellington Free Ambulance, St John, the air ambulance
sector and National Ambulance Sector Office who have all
contributed to the establishment of these desks."
The initiative is part of the National Ambulance Services Strategy
which was released in June 2009.