If You Have An Emergency ? “Call 511”
The Emergency Ambulance Service has been in existence for over 20 years and has gone through various stages of development in keeping with changes in pre-hospital care.
International research has shown that morbidity and mortality can be lessened with pre-hospital intervention. Thus, the concept of “scoop and run” where ambulances rushed to the scene, scooped the patients into the back of the ambulance and off to the hospital at breakneck speed, has largely been replaced by timely assessment and stabilisation where indicated before transport. This allows for a higher level of care at the hospital as emergency staff are better able to (1) prepare for incoming emergencies by organising resources e.g. bed, monitors, personnel and (2) sort patients transported and direct them to various areas of care e.g. Asthma Bay, Fast Track.
It is important that the service is used appropriately as this can result in lives being saved. Inappropriate calls may make it impossible for someone who really needs care to access it.
“PLEASE DO NOT TAILGATE THE AMBULANCE .”
AS IT MAY HAVE TO STOP SUDDENLY THUS CAUSING AN ACCIDENT INJURING THE OCCUPANTS OF THE AMBULANCE AND YOURSELF.
FURTHER TO THAT, YOUR VEHICLE NUMBER WILL BE REPORTED TO THE POLICE FOR TAILGATING!