News archive from September 2016
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Latest IAPs look forward to getting in the driving seat
Intermediate ambulance practitioners learning the ropes at Newmarket training centre will be on the road next week to start their driver training.
30 September 2016
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Norfolk hospitals now following same medication procedure
To clarify which medications should be taken into hospital with patients in Norfolk, all three hospitals have agreed the same procedure.
30 September 2016
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New volunteers supporting patient care
Four new volunteer life-savers have joined the ambulance family after becoming community first responders (CFRs).
30 September 2016
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John Styles
It is with great sadness we announce the death of former west Essex paramedic John Styles.
29 September 2016
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Recognising staff achievements and looking ahead to the winter months: update from CEO Robert Morton (27th September)
Southend station’s grand opening, the start of flu season and final countdown to EEAST awards – it’s your weekly update from Chief Executive Robert Morton.
29 September 2016
Chelmsford HEOC
Trust joins pilot that sees extra 999 call triage time
Next week the Trust is joining a national pilot that aims to give patients a more clinically appropriate response to people who call 999 for our help.
29 September 2016
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Airway update - endo-tracheal intubation
Airway management is an intervention that if done correctly can quite literally save lives. However, if done poorly, or without the relevant mechanisms for safety, it may actually cause harm to patients.
29 September 2016
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Safety on the tracks
We get called to incidents on railway lines across the region, which are often in very difficult and challenging circumstances.
29 September 2016
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Missing syringe pumps in north east Essex
Please keep an eye out for any McKinley or CME Medical T34 syringe pumps that are missing.
29 September 2016
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“Positive” mental health trial extended countywide
Following a successful pilot, the First Response Service (FRS) has been extended to cover the whole of Cambridgeshire.
29 September 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 29th September
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available online.
29 September 2016
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Stub out the habit and join the Stoptober challenge
Stoptober, the 28 day quit smoking campaign, is back.
28 September 2016
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Southend ambulance station officially opened
Staff in south east Essex welcomed local dignitaries to Southend station, which was officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre yesterday (26th September).
27 September 2016
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Surge black and student abstraction: update from CEO Robert Morton
Supporting each other, student paramedic abstractions and restart a heart day: It’s your weekly update from CEO Robert Morton.
27 September 2016
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Public Health England issues alert over infected ear piercing sites
Clinicians should be aware of an increase in cases of severe pseudomonas aeruginosa infections following cosmetic piercing procedures.
27 September 2016
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Infection, prevention, control: decontamination – why is it so important?
Our back to basics look at infection, prevention and control (IPC) continues this week with decontamination.
26 September 2016
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Latest Trust Board held this week
If you’re able to go to Wednesday morning’s Public Board meeting in Norfolk, you can find out all the info here:
26 September 2016
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Save the date for 2017 EMS conference
The annual EMS research conference will be held on 29th March at the At-Bristol Science Centre.
24 September 2016
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Behind the scenes with Vijay Loi, Information Analyst
This week in the ‘behind the scenes’ hot seat is Vijay Loi, who has worked as an Information Analyst for nearly seven years.
23 September 2016
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Community defibrillators: what to do if used on scene
We all know that early defibrillation can save lives, and with more than 800 community public access defibrillators (CPADs) in public spaces across the east of England, we’re playing our part in bettering the chance of survival.
23 September 2016
Robert Morton, CEO
Celebrating our fantastic air ambulance charities and a rematch like no other: update from CEO Robert Morton (22nd September)
A visit to PTS, Southend station’s grand opening and the clinical team take on the rest of the world – it’s your weekly update from Chief Executive Robert Morton.
22 September 2016
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Could you help train or support our community responder schemes?
We’re on the look-out for Trust colleagues to help train our community first responders (CFRs) across the region, and provide a clinical link between responder groups and the organisation.
22 September 2016
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Mentor development workshops available to staff
A series of one day workshops supporting mentor development will be taking place across the Trust in the next two months.
22 September 2016
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Invitation to spooktacular fundraiser in memory of SJ
Family and friends of beloved colleague Sarah-Jane Cunningham are holding a Halloween fundraising event in her memory.
22 September 2016
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Trust honoured to support awards focused on equality and diversity
We were honoured to be this year’s headline sponsor at a recent Bedfordshire awards ceremony, dedicated to supporting the Asian business community.
22 September 2016
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Don’t forget to nominate in NHS awards
If you know someone at EEAST who deserves an NHS Leadership Recognition Award, don’t forget to nominate them before 30th September.
22 September 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 22nd September
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available online.
22 September 2016
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Go all out in denim and support Jeans for Genes Day!
Jeans for Genes Day is on Friday, 23rd September, and you can help support and raise money for this worthwhile cause by wearing as much denim as possible.
21 September 2016
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update from Robert Morton (20th October)
A big well done to Suffolk’s ‘blue light flashers’, staff thank yous and ‘winter is coming’: It’s your weekly update from CEO Robert Morton.
20 September 2016
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Book your place at our student paramedic conference
Colleagues are invited to attend a student paramedic conference in Hertfordshire next month.
20 September 2016
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Service sees demand spike during September heatwave
New figures have revealed a spike in demand for our service during last week’s heatwave that swept across the region.
19 September 2016
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Staff survey coming soon: have your say to make the Trust better
It’s that time of year again – the annual NHS staff survey launches this month and all colleagues will be given the opportunity to share their views.
19 September 2016
Beds Recruitment Day 100916
Staff thanked after successful recruitment event in Bedfordshire
Our recruitment team and willing volunteers from Kempston station buddied up to talk to budding ambulance life-savers at the Bedford Jobs and Apprentice Fair on Saturday (10th September).
17 September 2016
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Calling all mentors for Chelmsford development day
Places for a development day in Chelmsford next month are available for mentors.
16 September 2016
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It’s the final countdown to the Emergency Services Show
We are counting down the days to this year’s Emergency Services Show, and with one week to go, you can still register for your free entry.
15 September 2016
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Reminder: spare defibrillator pads
Please remember to check your defibrillator carries a spare set of adult pads before starting your shift.
15 September 2016
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Behind the scenes: Ruth Spencer, Commercial Services Contact Centre Manager
Our ‘behind the scenes’ feature, where we highlight a person or team from within the Trust, continues. This week is the turn of Commercial Services Contact Centre Manager, Ruth Spencer.
15 September 2016
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Jeremy Kyle does ride-out for new TV series
Radio and television presenter Jeremy Kyle will be taking a look behind the scenes at EEAST this weekend as he joins us for a ride-out.
15 September 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 15th September
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available online.
15 September 2016
Macmillan cake day
Essex station charity morning huge success
More than £700 was raised in a charity coffee and cake morning at Harlow ambulance station on Tuesday (13th September).
15 September 2016
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Share a seatbelt selfie to support road safety
Emergency service colleagues are being asked to share ‘seatbelt selfies’ on social media in support of a new police campaign.
14 September 2016
Robert Morton, CEO
Update from CEO Robert Morton (13th October): Celebrating staff achievements and fantastic team working
Staff thank yous, ‘Dispatch on Disposition’ update and all about Suffolk’s ‘blue light flashers’. It’s your weekly update from CEO Robert Morton.
13 September 2016
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Today is World Sepsis Day!
Add your voice to the thousands of others by tweeting and following #WorldSepsisDay on Twitter and sharing World Sepsis Day and the UK Sepsis Trust’s Facebook posts today.
13 September 2016
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Great Yarmouth walk-in centre closing
At the end of this month, the Greyfriars walk-in centre in Great Yarmouth is closing.
13 September 2016
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Make sure you’re ready for tomorrow’s heatwave
With temperatures set to soar over the next few days, we’ve been giving out advice to the public to help them avoid suffering in the sun.
12 September 2016
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Five-day junior doctor strikes to include emergency care
Junior doctors in the NHS have announced they intend to stage a number of strikes over the coming months.
12 September 2016
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Register for public workshops in mid and south Essex
The Mid and South Essex Success Regime is looking at how health and social care services can be provided for its residents in the future.
11 September 2016
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Helping to support health campaigns
September is a bumper month of awareness campaigns which resonate with our ambulance work and community ties, and we're asking readers to support where possible.
10 September 2016
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Video: community engagement with the 999s
Students paramedics Robert Hubbard and Emily Fitch swapped the ambulance station for the police station when they took part in the popular Bedfordshire Police open day at the weekend.
10 September 2016
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Tax reclaim company at hospital sites
We’ve been notified that a company offering to claim tax back on behalf of healthcare colleagues may not be genuine.
09 September 2016
Robert Morton, CEO
Clinically improving, EEAST awards, and the fantastic Team Finnbar: update from CEO Robert Morton (8th September)
Talking Finnbar, MP visits, our CQC action plan, and getting better clinically – your weekly update from CEO Robert Morton.
08 September 2016
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Internal career progression routes
What internal career pathways are available for patient-facing colleagues here at EEAST?
08 September 2016
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NHS awards: nominate someone who makes a difference
This year’s NHS Leadership Recognition Awards are now open for nominations, and they’re on the lookout for leaders or teams who make an outstanding contribution to patient care and service excellence.
08 September 2016
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Clinical waste: what goes where, and new labels for use
Making sure we put the right waste into the right bin is really important, because we can be fined if we get it wrong.
08 September 2016
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October training day for end-of-life care
End of life care can be a difficult and emotive topic, so we’ve paired up with two hospital trusts to offer a free, one-day training session on 4th October.
08 September 2016
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Just a few days left to order your remembrance wreath
A number of remembrance wreaths, containing the EEAST crown badge, are available if you’re attending a service on behalf of the Trust.
08 September 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list – 8th September
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available.
08 September 2016
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GlucaGen recall: action required
A number of GlucaGen Hypokit 1mg (glucagon) batches have been recalled by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) after reports of needles becoming detached from the syringe.
07 September 2016
World Suicide Prevention Day 2016
‘Connect, communicate and care’ for World Suicide Prevention Day
Next week's World Suicide Prevention Day serves as a call to action, and this year, the theme encourages us all to consider the role that offering support may play in combating suicide.
07 September 2016
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Delivering a quality service: update from Director of Service Delivery Kevin Brown, 6th October
This week's exec message comes from our Director of Service Delivery, Kevin Brown.
06 September 2016
No smoking on Trust and NHS grounds
After complaints by members of the public, we are reminding colleagues that the Trust follows a no smoking policy throughout the organisation.
06 September 2016
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Praise for ambulance ‘angels’
Staff and volunteers have been praised after the Trust received an A* in its latest patient survey results.
05 September 2016
Hand washing
Infection, prevention, control: why is ‘bare below the elbows’ important?
It is widely acknowledged that being 'bare below the elbows' reduces the risk of transmitting infection - but what are the dos and don'ts?
04 September 2016
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Jimmy Brownfield
It is with much sadness that we share news of the death of James (Jimmy) Brownfield.
03 September 2016
Tracy Nicholls   Head of Clinical Quality
Tracy's new role at paramedic organisation
A "unique blend of professionalism" has helped our Head of Clinical Quality Tracy Nicholls secure a top Board role at the College of Paramedics.
02 September 2016
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IX and meal break pilot update
The IX and meal break pilot, jointly agreed between the Trust and UNISON, has now been running for one month.
02 September 2016
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‘Think Kidneys’ campaign launched
Guidance on the care of patients with acute kidney injury is available online, thanks to an awareness campaign.
01 September 2016
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Gearing up for 500 mile charity ride in memory of Finnbar
A team of pedalling paramedics are busy preparing for a charity challenge and a cause close to their hearts.
01 September 2016
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Celebrating colleagues and achievements: an awards update
We’re on the countdown to our next awards ceremony on 6th October at IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire – and need your help to make it as special as possible!
01 September 2016
August Bank Holiday Weekend stats   2016
Thank you for your hard work during another busy bank holiday weekend
If you worked or volunteered over the bank holiday weekend, you helped handle and respond to more than 9,100 emergency calls – 9% more than the 2015 August weekend.
01 September 2016
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NHS care is a small world: hear from our new Medical Director, Mark Patten (1st September)
This week our exec message comes from our new Medical Director, Mark Patten. A few weeks into the role, Mark talks about his roots, his focus, and how NHS care is a small world.
01 September 2016
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Temporary resus change at Southend Hospital
Staff in south Essex are asked to note that between 12th-27th September, maintenance works will change the location of the A&E resus area at Southend Hospital.
01 September 2016
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Vacancy and transfer list - 1st September
This week’s HR e-zine, with the latest job vacancies, expressions of interest and transfer opportunities, is now available online.
01 September 2016

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