News archive from April 2016
Manual handling ambulance  credited to SCAS
Patient feedback to help us improve our service
As part of a series of information we’re putting out about 2015/16 facts and figures, we’ve been taking a look at the amount of feedback we receive and what it means for us.
30 April 2016
Ambulance line up blue sky
Please remember Shoreline
Please ensure all vehicles are attached to the shoreline system when available, to make sure all the medical devices on board are charging.
29 April 2016
Offord defib training   May 16
Cambs defib event hailed as 'huge success'
A public education event has been hailed as a “huge success” after dozens of villagers learnt life-saving skills in Cambridgeshire.
29 April 2016
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Are you eligible for your long service award this year?
As the planning for this year’s Trust awards gets underway, a quick tally of years served by staff eligible for their long service awards comes in at more than 1,900 years so far!
28 April 2016
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Help us champion mental health awareness
As we try to increase and improve our wellbeing service for everyone in the Trust, we are working with the charity Mind to get the best support we can.
28 April 2016
Know Your Blood Pressure event April 16
Teams thanked for blood pressure events in Suffolk and Essex
Staff, community first responders (CFRs), and graduate paramedics have been thanked after attending two annual blood pressure events in Felixstowe and Hadleigh which saw more than 360 blood pressures measured.
28 April 2016
CFR training   Sophie and Carl
Volunteers’ week is coming!
In just over a month, the claxon will be sounded for Volunteers’ Week 2016.
28 April 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 28th April
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, has been published.
28 April 2016
Hearsall Golf Club   courtesy of WMAS
‘Putt’ your best foot forward for ambulance golf competitions
This year’s National Ambulance Strokeplay is being played at The Hearsall Golf Club on Monday, 6th June, and our aspiring golfers are invited!
28 April 2016
Staff pic   para epaulettes
Free CPD cardiac arrest lecture
We know that high quality chest compressions hold the key to success in cardiac arrest.
26 April 2016
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‘Truly amazing’ staff praised in latest patient survey
Staff have been highly commended in EEAST’s latest survey which has included comments such as: ‘very professional’, ‘absolutely brilliant’, and ‘amazing’.
25 April 2016
NHS computer
New trial for medicines management audits is coming
Software that will allow you to submit audits for medicines management online is being trialled next month.
25 April 2016
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Paramedic arrhythmia recognition study
Are you interested in taking part in an online research study into whether paramedics are able to identify cardiac arrhythmias?
24 April 2016
Lizzie Martin   web
Behind the Scenes: Lizzie Martin, Call Handler and CFR
This week we’re going ‘behind the scenes’ with Lizzie Martin, a call handler based in Norwich EOC.
23 April 2016
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Acting medical director
We are pleased to announce that, whilst we continue our recruitment process for a permanent appointment, Dr Tom Davis has taken up the role of Acting Medical Director.
22 April 2016
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New BM meters coming to a station near you!
The latest batch of replacement BM meters has arrived and will be rolled out by area in the coming months.
22 April 2016
Norwich PTS vehicles
PTS success in Cambridgeshire
Following a highly competitive tender process, we were informed yesterday (19th April) that we are the successful bidder for the provision of patient transport services (PTS) in Cambridgeshire.
22 April 2016
Robert left side in cab smiling   web
Our 2016/17 priorities: an update from CEO Robert Morton (21st April)
I want to start by congratulating our EOC teams this week, as in March we had the third lowest 999 call connection delays in the country. Given that last month we were battling an exceptional surge in demand, and following on from the implementation of a new CAD, this really is to be applauded.
21 April 2016
Calvin Scott   30 years
30 years and counting: Calvin’s story
At the end of March, Duty Manager Calvin Scott celebrated a staggering 30 years in the ambulance service.
21 April 2016
Staff pic   para epaulettes
Reflective feedback available for year 1 student paras
Planning on writing your first-year reflective essay? Why not get feedback on your draft version?
21 April 2016
Side of RRV with lozenge
Are you running the London marathon this weekend?
We are hoping to do a write up after the big event and would love to hear from you!
21 April 2016
Tim Wright PMU   Web
Staff praised after saving man’s life after cardiac arrest in Suffolk golf centre
A man who collapsed and went into cardiac arrest in a golf centre car park has thanked crews from EEAST and golf centre staff after a happy reunion this week (Monday, 18th April).
21 April 2016
EEAST RRVs and amb on scene
Be an equality, diversity and inclusion champion
Would you like to be part of the new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion sub-group?
21 April 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 21st April
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available to view online.
21 April 2016
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Forty-eight hour junior doctor strike to affect emergency care
As you’ll no doubt be aware, there is a 48-hour junior doctor strike starting next Tuesday (26th April) at 8am.
21 April 2016
Staff with patient on stretcher at accident and emergency
Intelligent conveyance scheme ends
Our intelligent conveyance scheme, designed to help manage pressure at acute hospitals, will no longer be continuing as the pilot has not been extended into the new financial year.
21 April 2016
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Monitoring blood pressure
Monitoring a patient’s blood pressure is a ‘staple’ when we care for patients – and the patient-facing among us will take a blood pressure almost every day.
20 April 2016
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Bridging the gap: an update from CEO Robert Morton - 19th May
Since I joined EEAST it has been very clear to me that we have a big capacity gap. Basically, this means that we do not have enough funding to recruit the staff we need to meet patient demand.
19 April 2016
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Updates to medicines management policy
Patient-facing colleagues are asked to familiarise themselves with the Medicines management policy which has been updated with a few minor changes.
19 April 2016
Ambulance and fire services
How we respond at multi-agency incidents: JESIP wants your feedback
The emergency services will usually be the first to arrive at the scene of a major incident.
19 April 2016
Manual handling ambulance  credited to SCAS
Corpuls defibs being upgraded across the Trust
Starting this week, we’ll be upgrading our Corpuls defibrillators. Amongst other benefits, the upgrade will improve the ECG function and include a 3G modem.
18 April 2016
Staff with patient on stretcher at accident and emergency
Raising awareness of bowel cancer screening this month
April is bowel cancer awareness month which this year is focusing on the need for better screening.
18 April 2016
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Cultural survey rolled out across Trust
Our new cultural survey will be landing on door mats in the next few weeks!
17 April 2016
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Do you know about our social media policy?
The Trust has a detailed policy that covers what you can do when it comes to social media, both in and out of work.
16 April 2016
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Global action called to improve care for people with diabetes
The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries.
15 April 2016
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Pre-election period: NHS guidelines
You may be aware that some local elections are taking place on 5th May both in councils and for Police Crime Commissioner posts.
15 April 2016
Robert Morton, CEO
Update from CEO Robert Morton: CQC inspection – the story so far…(14th April)
Last week we completed the formal inspection phase of the CQC inspection process. This follows previous stages including the submission of a portfolio of evidence (some 19,506 pages), regional focus groups, and stakeholder engagement.
14 April 2016
Manual handling ambulance  credited to SCAS
Training opportunity: an evening of ECGs
Want to improve your knowledge of ECGs?
14 April 2016
Lindsey Stafford Scott   web
New Director Lindsey gives her take on her first two weeks at EEAST
Last week, we extended a warm welcome to our latest Board member Lindsey Stafford Scott who has joined us as the new Director of People and Culture.
14 April 2016
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Death in benefits scheme
When losing someone close to you, having extra support can be greatly needed at what is a very difficult time.
14 April 2016
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New feature available on Datix
A new addition to Datix has been added, which will allow users and investigators to identify which panels contain data on records.
14 April 2016
Ambulance line up blue sky
Southend ambulance station is moving!
Colleagues in Essex have been thanked for their work in preparing the ‘go live’, for the new Southend ambulance station.
14 April 2016
BEARS Launch
Enhanced care car launched in Essex
The BASICS Essex Accident Rescue Service (BEARS) launched its enhanced care car this month to provide critical care support across the county and surrounding areas.
14 April 2016
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Essex clinicians –help needed for public event
Can you spare a couple of hours to provide blood pressure checks and promote EEAST in your patch?
14 April 2016
EEAST RRVs and amb on scene
Busy start to 2016 continues with 21% increase in calls in March
New figures have revealed the scale of the demand we’re facing following a 21% increase in emergency calls.
14 April 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 14th April
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available to view online.
14 April 2016
Lark Valley CFRs receive the cheque from Church Walk Charities
Suffolk CFRs receive 'phenomenal' donation
Suffolk community responders have received a big helping hand in the form of a £2,500 donation.
13 April 2016
Robert Morton, CEO
A week of positive feedback: update from CEO Robert Morton (12th May)
I’ve been pleased to have the chance to meet and speak to Lord Prior, along with our Trust Chair Sarah Boulton, at our Longwater depot; Lord Prior is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Health and he was interested in particular in what we’re doing to build on our positive NHS staff survey results.
12 April 2016
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New email signature available for download
As part of the corporate re-branding process to include our visions and values, we are asking all staff to visit East24 and download our new email signature template.
12 April 2016
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Could you name our patient care bundles?
Our ambulance quality indicators (AQIs) and national clinical performance indicators (NCPI) identify key clinical areas of practice and assist us to identify where we can look to further improve the care we give to our patients.
11 April 2016
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Clinical equipment manuals available online
Thanks to a handy new system, you can now view and download the user manuals for those medical devices online.
10 April 2016
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Places still available on police abuse workshop
Have you ever suffered abuse from a patient in the line of duty, or know someone who has?
09 April 2016
Mr Chapman with his life savers
"I cannot thank them enough": patient's heartfelt reunion with crews
A west Norfolk man will feature on a new television programme next week after ambulance and air ambulance crews saved his life.
09 April 2016
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What do you think of EEAST's culture?
We have been working to develop a cultural audit to look at the best way to improve our culture.
08 April 2016
Ambulance line up blue sky
Trust 'delighted' to welcome new patient transport service
The Trust is ‘delighted’ that its new patient transport services (PTS) contract launched in north Essex on Friday (1st April).
07 April 2016
Stuart Woolley   Specialist Practitioner in Primary Care
Behind the scenes: Stuart Woolley - Specialist Practitioner
This week we’re going ‘behind the scenes’ with Stuart Woolley, Specialist Practitioner in primary care. Stuart has worked with the ambulance service for 13 years, two of those with EEAST.
07 April 2016
NHS medicine pack
Antimicrobial resistance: grabbing the nation's headlines
With no new class of antibiotic developed in the last 30 years, and a continued rise in their prescription, it’s of little surprise that antimicrobial resistance has started to grab the nation’s headlines.
07 April 2016
NHS medicine store
A reminder for storing your medicines
When we deal with medicines every day, it’s our responsibility to make sure we keep them in the right place, and more importantly, ensure they’re secure.
07 April 2016
Staff with patient in ambulance
Keeping patient care records confidential
Confidentiality and security of medical records is vital, whether paper or electronic formats; we’re dealing with people’s personal data, and it’s important we safeguard it in the right way.
07 April 2016
Ambulance line up blue sky
Vehicle servicing and mileage
With one of the most modern emergency and non-emergency ambulance fleets in the country, our fleet team does a lot to make sure our vehicles are well looked after, including making sure they are regularly serviced.
07 April 2016
New defibrillator 2   May 2014
Medical devices: make sure it's safe and in date
We all know that medical devices must be serviced and ‘in date’ to be safe.
07 April 2016
Yellow kit bag
GlucaGen label reminder
As a reminder, GlucaGen medication is stored outside of refrigeration within the ambulance trust.
07 April 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list - 7th April
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available.
07 April 2016
Blood pressure pic
Calling all East Suffolk clinicians – help needed for event in Felixstowe
Are you available for a couple of hours to provide BP checks and health promotion in your patch?
06 April 2016
Staff with patient on stretcher at accident and emergency
Scarlet fever: increased cases and what to look out for
Scarlet fever is a disease spread through close contact with people carrying the organism (often in the throat)...
05 April 2016
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Safety netting: using the non-conveyance checklist
Ensuring appropriate safety netting for patients that we don’t convey is vital, and an important part of discharging your duty of care.
04 April 2016
Steve Head and Shoulders   web
Behind the scenes: Steve Chivers, Hospital Ambulance Liaison Officer
This week in our ‘behind the scenes’ hot seat is Steve Chivers, who is a Hospital Ambulance Liaison Officer (HALO), seconded to Broomfield Hospital.
04 April 2016
EEAST RRVs and amb on scene
National ambulance football tournament
Entries to take part in this year’s national ambulance football tournament are now open.
03 April 2016
Nicola Worts with life saving crews web
A woman from Rayleigh thanks crews after rare cardiac arrest
Essex crews including paramedics Tracey and Kevin have been reunited with a woman after saving her life.
02 April 2016
Colchester fair part 1   web
Helping the service to become future fit
A big thanks has gone out to Essex staff for their contribution to a busy careers fair earlier this month.
01 April 2016
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Special edition of CQM published today
Another special edition of Clinical Quality Matters, looking at how we learn from serious incidents (SIs) and complaints, has been published today (1st April).
01 April 2016
Corpuls 1
Corpuls web is no longer in use
With immediate effect from the 1st of April ‘Corpulsweb’ will no longer be available.
01 April 2016
EEAST RRVs and amb on scene
Helping hands needed for PPI events
The Trust’s patient and public involvement (PPI) team regularly meet with the public at events and shopping centres in the region, offering free blood pressure checks and healthcare advice
01 April 2016
Robert Long is reunited with Zoe Clarke Steve Hammond and Tanya Chenery  web
Funeral home worker says thanks to Norfolk crews
A funeral home worker has thanked the ambulance staff who helped save his life.
01 April 2016

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