News archive from March 2015
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Disabling IT accounts
The Trust is reviewing old user accounts and will be identifying and disabling any account that has not been logged into in the nine months since 13th April.
31 March 2015
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Trust update: improving working conditions
Last week a joint working group, made up of managers and UNISON staffside met.
30 March 2015
Call Handler Lisa McGee family meet up
Call handler helps deliver two babies in one shift
Chelmsford Call Handler Lisa McGee helped deliver two babies in one shift, in a story that has been reported in the press and captured social media.
30 March 2015
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Anthony Marsh - 30th April 2015
"I start my message with good news as we’re a step closer to our new vision and values this week". CEO Anthony Marsh
30 March 2015
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Political activity ahead of the General Election
As the countdown starts to the 2015 General Election, we’ve put together a staff briefing to indicate how we need to engage with all politicians in the in the pre-election period known as ‘purdah’.
30 March 2015
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Safety walkabout audits
The safety walkabout audit tool has been reviewed and questions on training and mentorship, capacity to consent and prophylaxis have been added.
30 March 2015
Tyler DArcy Jones meet up
Staff surprise child caller
Call Handler George Lock and Student Paramedic Georgina Kell surprised 10-year-old Tyler D’Arcy-Jones at his school assembly on 13th March with an award for outstanding care when he called 999 for his dad.
29 March 2015
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Clock changes this weekend
On Sunday morning the clocks go forward by one hour at 0100. In line with previous agreements, for staff that finish at 1am, 2am or 3am when the seasonal clock change occurs they will work their contacted number of hours.
28 March 2015
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Bedfordshire MP graduates with new CFR recruits
Following Andrew Selous’ visit to the Trust in October, the Bedfordshire MP has now completed his community first responder training, alongside 18 fellow new volunteers.
27 March 2015
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Anthony Marsh - 26th March 2015
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
26 March 2015
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Trust launches life-saving community campaign
A cardiac arrest survivor has backed the Trust’s new campaign Their Life, Your Hands, which aims to take the fear out of using a life-saving defibrillator if someone collapses nearby.
26 March 2015
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Join our specialist operations response team
All ambulance trusts have developed specialist operations response teams to help decontaminate casualties at incidents – and now we’re looking for members to join ours.
26 March 2015
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“Fantastic response” to research opportunity
There are only a few places left for paramedics to take part in a national clinical trial to determine the best method of airway management in pre-hospital cardiac arrest.
26 March 2015
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Death in service payment
Following the death of colleague Colin Grundy, who was a member of the Trust’s death in service scheme, a payment has been to his estate.
26 March 2015
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Love digital? Tell us what you think
With Britons spending more time on tech than asleep and a third of the UK population checking Facebook every day, the Trust is seeking the views of staff, volunteers and the public on how we do digital.
26 March 2015
Student para Michael Holgate in Cameroon
Press release: Student paramedic set for Cameroon charity quest
Read about student paramedic Michael Holgate's trip to central Africa in the Trust's latest press release.
25 March 2015
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Anthony Marsh - 2nd April 2015
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
25 March 2015
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Student paramedic materials
In order to support student paramedics in their studies, the Trust will be providing some key reference material.
23 March 2015
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Clinical red flags: observations and conditions
Some patients are being left at home despite having a clinical red flag, so a thorough assessment is essential to identifying the right care for your patient.
22 March 2015
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Changes to drug driving law
On 2nd March the drug driving law changed to make it easier for the police to catch and convict drug drivers.
21 March 2015
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Have your say on our vision
Over the past few weeks we’ve been finding out what’s important to you, what values you think we should sign up to, and what you think our organisations should be aspiring to achieve.
20 March 2015
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New pay charts published for NHS staff
The pay offer made by the Government for NHS staff in England has now been accepted by the NHS trade unions.
20 March 2015
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Trust praised at recent HOSC meetings
Senior managers have reported excellent feedback and praise for staff from recent health overview and scrutiny committee meetings in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and central Bedfordshire.
19 March 2015
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"Miracle" baby reunited with lifesaving paramedic years on
A case of mistaken identity led to a surprise reunion for paramedic Steve Salter and a child he delivered in an extremely challenging birth seven years ago.
19 March 2015
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Atropine back in stock at some hospitals
Please be aware that atropine in pre-filled syringes is back in stock at some hospitals in the region.
19 March 2015
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Increase in needle-stick and splash injuries
Following an increase in the number of occupational exposure incidents during February, we would like to remind staff about the importance of following standard precautions.
19 March 2015
Stalham CFR 10 year anniversary
Stalham CFRs celebrate 10 years’ service
Managers and volunteers came together on Friday evening to celebrate 10 years of community first responders (CFRs) in Stalham, Norfolk.
19 March 2015
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Save on meals out to holidays with Health Service Discounts
Previously known as NHS Discounts, Health Service Discounts has exclusive money saving offers for NHS employees, and their friends and family as well!
18 March 2015
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IT maintenance: access to I:Drive on Tuesday (17th)
Some IT maintenance is being carried out tonight (17th March) between 9pm and midnight; this means some users won’t be able to access shared folders on the I:Drive on Trust PCs and laptops during this time – particularly in Essex where the server is based.
17 March 2015
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Loss of enhanced protection and fixed protection in 2015 pension scheme
If you have or are building a large pension pot, please note that the NHS 2015 pension scheme may affect your lifetime allowance.
17 March 2015
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New combined ID/access cards
To increase Trust security and lower administrative costs, the Trust is moving towards a combined ID and access card.
16 March 2015
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Rumour busting: ECA to EMT pathway
There have been a lot of questions and rumours making their way around the Trust about the ECA to EMT development pathway – here Chief Executive Anthony Marsh sorts the fact from the fiction!
15 March 2015
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Theft of medical gas cylinders
With the music festival season approaching, NHS Protect has issued an alert to warn about thefts of medical gas cylinders.
13 March 2015
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Health Assure maintenance
HealthAssure will be taken offline for scheduled maintenance on Thursday 12th March between 5pm and 7pm.
12 March 2015
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Staff praised in latest patient survey
More than 98% of patients treated in December were satisfied or very satisfied with the service they received – from call to care.
12 March 2015
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Student paramedic web chat sparks huge interest
Our digital channels were inundated with questions from potential student paramedics during a joint web chat on Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday evening.
12 March 2015
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Airway management in cardiac arrest research opportunity
Paramedics from EEAST have been invited to take part in a national clinical trial to determine the best method of airway management in pre-hospital cardiac arrest.
12 March 2015
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Importance of clinical waste disposal
A recent audit has found that clinical waste is not being disposed of correctly across the Trust and the legal requirement to fill in waste labels is not being completed.
12 March 2015
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Change to Ipswich pre-alert number
Please be aware that from 9am on Wednesday, 1st April, the pre-alert number for Ipswich Hospital A&E will change.
12 March 2015
Chief Executive Dr Anthony Marsh
Update from Anthony Marsh - 19th March 2015
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
11 March 2015
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Sign up to Safety webinars
The Sign up to Safety campaign holds a variety of regular webinars, including ones hosted by experts on specific safety topics.
11 March 2015
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Calling all staff from west Hertfordshire
The team behind a review into healthcare in west Hertfordshire want to hear from frontline staff for your thoughts into proposed changes aimed at improving care in the area.
10 March 2015
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Webinars from PAM
Our occupational health provider, PAM, is hosting a series of webinars for managers and users of OHIO.
09 March 2015
NHS Change Day 2015
NHS Change Day: do something better together
NHS Change Day is the simplest thing in the world: we give ourselves permission to make the changes we can make, share them, and inspire others.
09 March 2015
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Jeremy Hunt: message to NHS staff on Morecombe Bay investigation
The Secretary of State for Health talks about the investigation into care provided by the maternity and neonatal unit at Morecambe Bay.
09 March 2015
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How much do you know about information governance?
The information governance team want to find out how much you know about data protection, confidentiality and information security to help you in the future.
09 March 2015
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Proposals to introduce independent prescribing by paramedics
In recent years, the NHS has allowed a wider range of allied health professions (AHPs) to prescribe or supply and administer medicines to patients.
08 March 2015
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Additional info for IV paracetamol administration
Further to the clinical bulletin on IV paracetamol last month, please read some additional advice for administration.
07 March 2015
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Use of low power mode for emergency lights
The Trust has received complaints from other road users that they have been dazzled by on-coming emergency vehicles driving under emergency conditions.
07 March 2015
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Patient safety alert from NHS England: low molecular weight heparins
NHS England has issued a patient safety alert following more than 70 incidents where low molecular weight heparin was given to patients despite known contraindications, 16 of which resulted in severe harm or death.
06 March 2015
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Faulty batteries in laryngoscope handle
The Trust supplies department has learnt of several faulty or damaged batteries found in laryngoscope handles.
06 March 2015
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A refresher on information governance
A helpful reminder of the most important elements of information governance (IG) and your responsibilities in this area.
06 March 2015
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Staff survey 2014 results published
The 2014 staff survey results show that more than 70% of EEAST staff feel satisfied with the quality of patient care they are able to deliver, a 7% increase from the previous year.
05 March 2015
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The Friends and Family test needs you!
Following the successful pilot, the roll out of the Friends and Family test (FFT) is now underway across the region.
05 March 2015
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Staff say a poignant farewell
Tributes have been paid to a dedicated member of staff who passed away after a battle with cancer.
05 March 2015
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Response to staff feedback on new ambulances
The Trust’s head of operations support has answered some questions about features on the new ambulances, following recent staff feedback.
05 March 2015
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A “nail-biting week ahead”: graduate paramedics flock to HQ for assessment day
They came, they saw – and now they want to join us!
05 March 2015
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Staff and CFRs join up to launch defibrillator in St. Albans
On Friday (27th February), staff and CFRs launched a new automated external defibrillator (AED) at Boots in St Albans, alongside County Councillor Sandy Walkington.
05 March 2015
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Staff share learning at trauma conference after boy’s A47 coach fall
Paediatric trauma incidents are some of the most difficult we attend as an ambulance service – both clinically and emotionally for the staff involved.
05 March 2015
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International aid company unable to take consumables
Unfortunately the international aid company that makes good use of the Trust’s out of date consumables can no longer take them due to storage capacity.
05 March 2015
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Change in email address for DLOs in Norfolk
Please note the DOMEastNorfolk email address is no longer in use.
04 March 2015
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Upcoming stock takes
Please note the following stock takes are scheduled in Chelmsford, Norwich and Dunstable this month.
04 March 2015
Update from Anthony Marsh - 12th March 2015
Your weekly message from the Trust Chief Executive.
04 March 2015
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Upgrade to Beds and Herts admin network
On Thursday night, an essential upgrade to the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire admin network will take place between 8 – 10pm.
04 March 2015
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Salary sacrifice
The introduction of the 2015 NHS pension scheme has important implications for members with salary sacrifice arrangements and those considering them in the future.
04 March 2015
Cake sale at Luton for GOSH
Paramedic running marathon for children’s cardiac charity
A paramedic from Luton is running the London marathon to raise money for a cardiac charity for young people, following his son’s open heart surgery before Christmas.
03 March 2015
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Remember how SPOC can help you
Following a recent dip in referrals, the single point of contact (SPOC) team would like to remind you how they can help with delivering the best care to patients, with a range of referrals.
02 March 2015
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Tell the CQC what you think
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has launched a survey to find out what frontline health and social care staff think of their organisation.
01 March 2015

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