News archive from December 2014
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Button battery ingestion: a medical emergency
Everyone has them in their home, but button batteries (also known as coin or lithium batteries), can cause serious harm and death if they are ingested.
31 December 2014
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Ebola case: please ensure you know the PPE
In light of this week's case of a healthcare-worker being treated in Glasgow after contracting Ebola, please take the time to look again at the information published on the relevant personal protective equipment (PPE).
30 December 2014
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Appraisal training for managers
Learning support and development is available for all managers involved with completing staff personal development reviews (PDRs).
30 December 2014
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Elderly Rayleigh motorcyclist thanks "angels" who saved his life
A man who lost his leg after a life-threatening motorcycle accident has received an early Christmas visit from the “angels” who saved his life.
29 December 2014
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HCRT desk implemented in all control rooms
The health care referral team (HCRT) dispatch desks are now operational in all three EOCs; to deploy resources to urgent calls and all private and voluntary services.
28 December 2014
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Parents thank call handler after delivery of two Christmas babies
New EEAST call handler Jordan Clarke-Rivers is on cloud nine after helping to make not one but two very special pre-Christmas deliveries.
27 December 2014
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Funeral arrangements for beloved colleague Richard
Earlier this month we shared news of the sad loss of Paramedic Richard Denman, our colleague and friend.
27 December 2014
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Don’t forget Channel 202 this Christmas
Following the successful campaign launch earlier this year, please remember how Channel 202 can help with critically injured patients during the festive period and beyond.
26 December 2014
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Jeremy Hunt: thank you to NHS staff
End of year message to all NHS staff from the Secretary of State for Health.
26 December 2014
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Implementing living wage at EEAST
The ‘living wage’ is an increase in the minimum wage, which helps people afford the basic living costs in the UK – and the Trust has been working alongside UNISON to bring this in for our staff in the new year.
25 December 2014
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A CFR Christmas success story
Thanks to a training initiative between South Woodham Ferrers community first responder (CFR) group and local health visitors, the parents of a two-year-old child who had a febrile convulsion knew exactly what to do.
25 December 2014
Graduate paramedics finish induction in Norfolk
A group of 12 graduate paramedics passed their induction to the Trust on Friday in Norwich.
25 December 2014
Catch up on our EOC Twitterthon!
As part of our Wise Up for Winter campaign, we tweeted from Norwich EOC last Thursday, to show our followers the types of calls we get and how we deal with them.
25 December 2014
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"First class" Norfolk 111 service praised in latest patient survey
Almost 90% of callers were satisfied with the 111 service run by the Trust in Norfolk, latest patient survey results have revealed.
24 December 2014
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New defibs in Norwich and Billericay
Two community defibrillators in Billericay and one in Norwich have been installed in the last couple of weeks, which have been funded by local people.
23 December 2014
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Fifty-two students, 80 years’ service and a sprinkling of hard work: the recipe for mentorship success
Read about the south Bedfordshire mentorship scheme – a programme based in Luton that’s been hailed as a shining example to the whole service.
22 December 2014
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The importance of PPCI activations
A message from Consultant Paramedic Marcus Bailey on the importance of appropriate activation of the PPCI pathway.
21 December 2014
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Hospital reminder about patient’s medication
A hospital in our region has found that not enough patients are bringing their medication when taken to hospital by Trust staff.
20 December 2014
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Winter resilience video published
As part of the Wise up for Winter campaign, a video with Senior Specialist Operations Manager Steven Moore was published at the weekend about how the service copes with seasonal demand.
19 December 2014
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Clinical waste labels replaced
All orange clinical waste labels will now be replaced with white ones, saving the organisation thousands of pounds every year.
19 December 2014
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Praise for service from Herts councillors
Councillors who put healthcare under the microscope have praised the Trust following a visit to see its operations earlier this month.
18 December 2014
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Chief Executive recruitment update
The Board has confirmed that it will look to start a recruitment process for a new Chief Executive in 2015, although at this stage no date for this has been agreed.
18 December 2014
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Proposed review of administrative posts
We have had several queries from employees regarding the proposed review of administrative posts within the organisation and what is currently happening, and would like to give you an update.
18 December 2014
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Update from Anthony Marsh
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
17 December 2014
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Product recall of Niko-fix dressing
We're asking all stations, vehicles and spare cannulation modules are checked for affected batches of the Niko-fix dressing, which may not be sterile.
17 December 2014
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New diabetic referral pathway in Norfolk
There is a new referral pathway for patients who have had a diabetic hypoglycaemic event in Norfolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
17 December 2014
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Boots event raises nearly £900 for CFRs
The two day event at Boots in St. Albans last month raised nearly £900 for community first responders (CFRs).
17 December 2014
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Richard Denman
The Trust is sad to report the death of paramedic Richard Denman.
16 December 2014
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Clinical focus: Meningitis
Meningococcal disease is the leading infectious cause of death in early childhood.
16 December 2014
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First Trust paramedic returns from Sierra Leone
Paramedic Pete Simpson says the time he spent fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone was both eye-opening and ‘tinged with sadness’.
16 December 2014
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Spider bites
A patient in Essex was taken seriously unwell last month after being bitten by a False Widow spider in their home, and a nest was later found in the property.
15 December 2014
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Trust research published in Emergency Medical Journal
A peer-reviewed article, partly written by Research Paramedic Larissa Prothero and Elderly Care Lead Phil Lumbard, has just been published in the Emergency Medical Journal.
14 December 2014
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Silver for call handler Topaz
Congratulations to Bedford EOC call handler Topaz Micallef for achieving her silver award for consistent call handling excellence.
14 December 2014
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New airway management skills log for paramedics
By July 2015, every clinician in England and Wales will have to maintain an airway management skills log, as a result of a coroner’s preventing further deaths report.
13 December 2014
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Trust comes 8th in NHS table for Twitter
Last week the Trust’s Twitter account came eighth in the top 50 of NHS accounts nationally and in the top four of ambulance services, in the first comprehensive analysis of social media use in the NHS.
12 December 2014
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Incident command desk coming soon
Following a rigorous selection process, five dispatchers have completed an initial course in incident command management and have been promoted to incident command desk supervisors.
12 December 2014
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Trust staff honoured in EDP thank you evening
Crews and officers were honoured on Friday evening (5th December) by the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) for our response to the floods in Norfolk a year ago.
11 December 2014
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Staff donate Christmas gifts to those in need
Two paramedics have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the generosity of colleagues following their rallying call to help an Essex charity.
11 December 2014
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Mind seeks your views for wellbeing programme
Mind has invited emergency services personnel to a focus group in Cambridgeshire next week to help shape a national programme of mental health and wellbeing support.
11 December 2014
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Mental health crisis care agreement signed in Bedfordshire
This week Trust staff joined colleagues from police, fire, local authorities, drug and alcohol support services from across Bedfordshire and Luton to sign the mental health crisis care concordat.
11 December 2014
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Staff survey 2014 – thank you!
A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in the annual staff survey this year – more than 1,000 of you have given your views, which is 27% of our total staff number.
11 December 2014
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Leaver checklist: what to do when a member of staff leaves
When a member of staff leaves the Trust, their line manager has a responsibility to make sure all relevant checks are completed and the relevant documents sent to HR.
10 December 2014
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Update from Anthony Marsh - 18th December 2014
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
10 December 2014
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Next step taken for paramedics to prescribe
In 2010, a consultation began looking into including paramedics as one the professional groups authorised to prescribe medicines independently.
09 December 2014
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Tail lift safety
Over the past couple of months there has been an increase in incidents of trolleys falling off the tail lifts on ambulances when it is in the raised position.
08 December 2014
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Time to think Ebola: a thank you from Sir Bruce Keogh and Dr Anthony Marsh
A message from Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director and Dr Anthony Marsh, Chairman, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.
08 December 2014
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CQC launches consultation on how it regulates ambulance services
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is changing the way it regulates, inspects and rates ambulance, dental and independent acute healthcare services – and they want to know what you think of their plans.
07 December 2014
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New trauma equipment: TRUEresult BM monitor
In the second of a series of articles on the new equipment which is being rolled out across the Trust, the focus is on the new glucose meter.
07 December 2014
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Calling our military reservists
Are you part of the military reserves? If so, we’d like to hear from you.
06 December 2014
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Luton health watchdog praises crews
Healthwatch Luton has been “impressed” by the “professionalism and care” shown to patients in their first experience with emergency crews.
06 December 2014
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Another Trust paramedic set to join the fight against Ebola
A second paramedic from Norfolk has spoken of his hopes and fears as he prepares to join the fight against the Ebola epidemic in west Africa.
05 December 2014
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Update from Anthony Marsh - 4th December 2014
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
04 December 2014
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New trauma equipment rolls out in Bedfordshire
More than 50 paramedics completed their training on how to use the Trust’s new trauma equipment in Luton last week, the first frontline staff in the service to do so.
04 December 2014
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Bariatric project leader scoops national award
David Sexby has won the award for quality in education and training from Health Education East of England (HEE), following his nomination last month.
04 December 2014
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Your new-look East24
East24, the Trust’s intranet has undergone a makeover!
04 December 2014
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George Osborne confirms extra £2bn for NHS
As you’ll no doubt have seen in the media this week, Chancellor George Osborne has announced that he will put an extra £2.2 billion into the NHS in 2015/16 - of which £1.95 will be allocated to England.
04 December 2014
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FBU strike on 9th December
The Fire Brigade Union (FBU) will be taking part in a 24-hour strike starting at 9am on Tuesday 9th December.
04 December 2014
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Update from Anthony Marsh - 11th December 2014
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
03 December 2014
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Press release: New volunteer lifesavers join Norfolk CFRs
A network of lifesavers in Norfolk has been boosted after the latest volunteers completed their training to enable them to attend emergencies in their communities.
02 December 2014
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"Transparent, safe healthcare": a message from the Secretary of State
"As part of our determination to make the NHS the safest and most transparent healthcare system in the world, I want to tell you about two new important regulations that came into force yesterday."
02 December 2014
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Health Boards’ serious data breaches a reminder to us all
Grampian Health Board has been ordered by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) to take action to ensure its patients information is better protected, following six data breaches within a thirteenth month period.
02 December 2014
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Commercial services audit success
An external audit of commercial services at the Trust has found all aspects to be “very satisfactory” and has been given a positive certification as a result.
01 December 2014