News archive from November 2016
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Get involved: ‘BBC Ambulance Day’ going behind the scenes at EEAST
Today (30th November) BBC media outlets across the country will be shining the spotlight on ambulance services – and you can get involved.
30 November 2016
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Latest resilience newsletter looks at winter pressures
Innovative new advances with technology and e-learning are the main focus of the latest edition of REDistribute, a newsletter from the Resilience and Emergencies Division (RED).
30 November 2016
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Wishing you all a happy New Year: update from Wayne Bartlett-Syree, Director of Strategy and Sustainability (29th December)
A look back on 2016 and a big thank you to everyone: this week’s executive message comes from out Director of Strategy and Sustainability, Wayne Bartlett-Syree.
29 November 2016
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Are you signed up to our flu charter?
This year, we are borrowing a great idea from a neighbouring Trust, our Trust Flu Charter.
29 November 2016
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You’re invited to the November Board meeting
The Trust’s next public Board meeting is being held on Wednesday, 30th November at Melbourn headquarters.
29 November 2016
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Celebrating our leaders - A year down the line …
The leadership and management development programme began last year, and what a year it’s been.
28 November 2016
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Cardiac arrest month: why do we need four clinicians there?
Cardiac arrests are unpredictable and catastrophic in nature, with a brief therapeutic window of opportunity. Therefore, every element of our system is of vital importance.
28 November 2016
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Use of antibiotics decreases for the first time
A new report from Public Health England (PHE) shows that for the first time fewer antibiotics are being prescribed by GPs and clinicians.
28 November 2016
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Introducing the cardiac arrest checklist
Checkout our updated cardiac arrest checklist
28 November 2016
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Bedford bakers rise to the occasion and raise more than £200 for charity
It was all on your marks, get set, bake for staff at Bedford, as staff held their very own Great Bedford Bake Off to raise money for Children in Need.
26 November 2016
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Brilliant George receives award for saving his great grandmother’s life
A Suffolk boy has received a bravery award after helping to save his great grandmother’s life.
26 November 2016
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Further hydrocortisone injection recall
We’ve been notified of another potentially affected batch of hydrocortisone sodium phosphate injections, 100mg/1ml.
25 November 2016
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Advanced notice of MDT and CAD work on Tuesday (29th)
On Tuesday (29th November) we’ll be doing work on the CAD and MDT that may affect you.
25 November 2016
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New Clinical Quality Matters looks at the generally unwell patient
Our latest issue of Clinical Quality Matters, EEAST's clinical publication written by and for staff, is now available.
25 November 2016
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Cyber security notice
Colleagues are asked to be extra careful online over the next few days due to the expected increase in attempts to con people, particularly via email, due to Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales and offers.
25 November 2016
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Disposing of cytotoxic drugs and where to put them
For paramedics in west Norfolk carrying a drug called syntometrine, used in post-partum haemorrhage, and emergency care practitioners carrying chloramphenicol antibiotic eye drops, please remember that these drugs are classed as cytotoxic.
25 November 2016
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International recruitment opportunities
To open up potential options, we’ve started work on an international recruitment campaign to attract candidates from the rest of Europe and further afield such as Australia.
25 November 2016
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Max of four small O2 cylinders to be carried per ambulance
With immediate effect, colleagues are asked to please make sure that ambulances carry a maximum of four small (CD) oxygen cylinders at any one time.
25 November 2016
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Video and podcast: taking a look at intubation
Take a look at this refresher training video on safe emergency airway management.
24 November 2016
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Completing patient care records
Every time we see a patient we must ensure we have a record of our attendance – why is this important?
24 November 2016
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Crews and EOC to use new keyword for end of life patients
As a Trust, it’s one of our clinical priorities this year to improve care and experience for people and their families/carers at the end of their life along with looking to offer you more support.
24 November 2016
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Reminder of changes to Harlow stroke services
At the beginning of this year, Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) in Harlow made important changes to their stroke services.
24 November 2016
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Progress so far on our sustainability plans
The latest documents on the development of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been published and are available online.
24 November 2016
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We need your views: the next phase in the cultural audit
As we reported last week we received a staggering 1,771 responses to the cultural audit. Zeal solutions, the company conducting the audit, have compiled the initial results from your responses which you can view here.
24 November 2016
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Guest blog: taking a moment to reflect on cardiac arrests
As part of our cardiac arrest care month, Area Clinical Lead Ash Richardson gives us an honest and poignant insight into an arrest he recently attended, and what he felt could have gone better.
24 November 2016
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Awards hopes for Communications team
Hopes are high in the Comms team for a double Thursday delight in two awards schemes.
24 November 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 24th November
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available online.
24 November 2016
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Our current leadership message comes from Chief Executive Robert Morton
Robert reflects on recent events within the Trust and encourages staff to have their say.
23 November 2016
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Sing your heart out and spread the Christmas cheer at free carol concerts
Now that the countdown to winter is over, another one begins – Christmas! And we have not one but two dates for your Christmas 999 diaries.
23 November 2016
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Mum thanks ambulance crew after dramatic birth at train station
The crews who safely delivered a baby almost 12 weeks premature have been praised by the mum for their actions.
22 November 2016
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Have you seen one of our thermometers?
Please take a moment to check for any Trust thermometers that may have gone walkabout from vehicles.
22 November 2016
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Places available for Cambridge trauma conference
The annual Cambridge trauma conference is back for its fourth year!
19 November 2016
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Hundreds of students launch Road Safety campaign
Two hundred students received a valuable lesson in road safety at the launch of a new campaign.
18 November 2016
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What has the biggest impact on your health and wellbeing? The next step of our cultural audit
We have now collated all of your responses to the cultural audit survey that went out in the summer. What’s the next stage?
17 November 2016
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Callers asking for personal details: do you know what to do?
We’ve had word that a fellow NHS trust recently received a call from someone claiming to be a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspector, who asked for personal staff details as part of an independent complaint.
17 November 2016
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It’s all or muffin for The Great Bedford Bake Off
Our Bedford office will be getting a slice of the action next week, as they hold their very own Great Bedford Bake Off – all to raise money for this year’s Children in Need.
17 November 2016
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Your flu jab: fact vs fiction
So far, more than 900 of you have had your flu jab. But it’s still not too late to get yours! There’s often a lot of myth around the jab - do you have questions?
17 November 2016
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Guest blog: Support our charity, so it can be there for us
Emergency medical technician Will McFarland, based at Hemel Hempstead, tells us about The Ambulance Service Charity (TASC) - and what it can do for you.
17 November 2016
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It’s time for a digital radio refresh
Our bi-annual radio audit of handset terminals is about to begin.
17 November 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 17th November
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available online.
17 November 2016
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Our current leadership message comes from Director of Communications, Chris Hartley
Chris talks about the success of this years Trust awards and celebrates the achievements of EEAST staff
16 November 2016
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Save money and earn cashback on your everyday spending
Are you signed up to PSdiscounts?
16 November 2016
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Problems with NHSMail accounts
As you may be aware, users across the country are still having problems accessing their secure NHSmail accounts (ending nhs.net).
15 November 2016
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Cardiac arrest month: Patient management post-ROSC
Needless to say, cardiac arrests are stressful events for all concerned.
15 November 2016
Remembrance Day 2016
Trust takes part in Remembrance Day commemorations
Across the region staff and volunteers gathered to pay tribute to service men and women in Remembrance Day commemorations.
14 November 2016
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Instagram: Reaching a new audience
With Instagram being one of the fastest growing social media platforms and a popular channel with younger users, we’d love to grow this audience and we need your help to do that.
14 November 2016
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Count to zen – a few simple stressbusting tips!
No matter who we are or where we are from, one problem can be universal, stress!
14 November 2016
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Be #winterwise and spread the message – not the flu
Colder temperatures, adverse weather, and flu – winter is here.
12 November 2016
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Unsung Hero Awards: Get your nominations in
Do you know someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty day in day out in an outstanding way? If so, the time is now to have your say.
12 November 2016
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Behind the scenes with Darren Murphy – IM&T Project Manager
This week we’re going ‘behind the scenes’ with Darren Murphy, a project manager based in Norwich.
11 November 2016
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Cardiac arrest month: Is it always appropriate to prolong life?
Prolonging a life usually provides a health benefit to that person. But when it is not appropriate to do so at all costs? Advanced decisions to refuse treatment, and DNACPR, are difficult subjects.
11 November 2016
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Michael Lewis
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our former colleague Michael Lewis, a station supervisor at Beccles, passed away last weekend.
11 November 2016
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Cardiac arrest month: What do you know about traumatic arrests?
So what do you know about traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA)?
10 November 2016
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Herts Naloxone ‘Take Home’ programme underway
If you’re a Hertfordshire paramedic, you’re hopefully being made aware about a new programme for opiate drug users in the county.
10 November 2016
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Learning about quality #CardiacCare
Good and effective CPR at the right depth and rate is one of the essentials to any cardiac arrest survival. But can we do more for the most life-threatened patients we see?
10 November 2016
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Reminder: have you signed your ‘opt out’ form?
Do you wish to work more than 48 hours a week? Then you will need to sign an individual agreement.
10 November 2016
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Battery checks for AED IPads
As we are coming into the winter months, different types of batteries in some of our devices can perform differently by being stored in cold temperatures.
10 November 2016
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You’re invited to EHAAT’s clinical governance day!
The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) will be holding its monthly clinical day on 15th November – and all colleagues are welcome along.
10 November 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 10th November
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available online.
10 November 2016
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Mental health initiative gets boost
A project to make sure patients experiencing a mental health crisis have rapid access to care has received £200,000 to develop and deploy two new specialist vehicles.
09 November 2016
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“First class” staff praised in latest patient survey
“Fantastic”, “superb”, and “excellent” were to name some of the many compliments made by respondents of our latest patient experience report when speaking about you.
09 November 2016
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Teresa Lee
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our former colleague Teresa Lee, an emergency care practitioner (ECP) in Norfolk, passed away on Sunday, 30th October.
09 November 2016
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Hydrocortisone injection recall by MHRA: action required
A batch of hydrocortisone sodium phosphate injections, 100mg/1ml, has been recalled by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) after reports of discolouration.
09 November 2016
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New to Twitter…
As our Twitter account passes the 18,000 follower mark this week, we’d to highlight a few of our new Trust accounts to our tweeting staff and volunteers that you may be interested in following:
09 November 2016
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Social media treble: #ThankYou
All three of our social media channels have passed a milestone this week, helping us reach and engage with even more people.
08 November 2016
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You make a difference: update from CEO Robert Morton, 8th December
BBC ambulance day, handover delays and a big thank you: it’s your weekly update from Robert Morton.
08 November 2016
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Join the festive cheer at emergency services carol concert
It might not be the right time to break out the ‘jingle bells’ (yet), but here’s another date for your Christmas diaries.
08 November 2016
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Video: Just what do we use to help people in cardiac arrest?
We know that for someone in cardiac arrest, getting there quickly is only half the story – what we actually do on scene makes a phenomenal difference to the patient’s chances of survival.
07 November 2016
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Dispatcher’s Santa run for little Iyla
Dispatcher Matthew Harvey has thanked colleagues in Chelmsford and across the region for fundraising in the name of his daughter Iyla ahead of the next sprint towards his family’s charitable goals.
07 November 2016
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Airway management refreshers and 121 coaching available
With everything from a good head-tilt-chin-lift to advanced airways falling under the ‘airway’ umbrella, there is a lot to remember. So throughout November we’re offering free, personalised, airway management drop-in sessions.
04 November 2016
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Cultural audit steering group
As you know, over the summer we asked staff for their views about the organisation as part of our cultural audit. Over the last few months we have been processing all the results and are now wanting feedback from staff on these....
04 November 2016
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Double the praise: two patients thank staff in emotional reunions
Two former patients from Cambridgeshire have thanked the respective staff who treated them following their recent reunions.
04 November 2016
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Chelmsford EOC welcomes new call handlers
Congratulations to three new call handlers who have joined us at #TeamEEAST in our Chelmsford EOC.
04 November 2016
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All about #CardiacCare
Heart health is at the centre of a cardiac care inspired ‘takeover’ this week, with the public being urged to think about prevention being better than cure.
03 November 2016
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Seeing cardiac arrest survivor reminder “as to why I love this profession”, says DLO Mark
A cardiac arrest survivor was given a special birthday surprise last week - through a visit from the paramedic who saved his life.
03 November 2016
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Bill Brady
It is with great sadness we share the news that Bill Brady, a community first responder (CFR) and co-ordinator in Bedfordshire passed away on Friday, 28th October after a period of illness.
03 November 2016
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Joint working agreement signed between the Trust and UEA
A joint statement between Norwich Medical School and the Trust has been agreed for students who are on placements with EEAST.
03 November 2016
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Essex technician hits donation milestone
One of our Basildon technicians has thanked everyone who donated to her charity head shaving event which raised £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
03 November 2016
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Staff and volunteers shine light on Trust at Diwali celebrations
Hundreds of visitors to the weekend’s Festival of Lights celebrations in Bedford had the opportunity to discover more about our service.
03 November 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 3rd November
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available online.
03 November 2016
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Gifts and hospitality: what are the rules for us?
We are coming up to that festive time of year where you may get offered gifts and hospitality.
02 November 2016
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Update from Medical Director, Dr Mark Patten (1st December)
This week's exec message comes from our Medical Director, Mark Patten.
01 November 2016
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Decontamination and HART at the top of resilience agenda
The National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) is developing new research to support patient facing staff and our hazardous area response team (HART).
01 November 2016
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Guidance: safeguarding colleagues against allegations
A document which details how the safeguarding team can help if there is an allegation made against you is available online.
01 November 2016
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Questions on our occupational health system (OHIO)
Have you got questions, comments, queries or complaints about OHIO (the online occupational health system)?
01 November 2016

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