Bosses of the ambulance service which serves the Isle of Axholme have welcomed the comments and recommendations made in a report by the Government’s Health Committee.
The Government’s response to the pressure in emergency and urgent care centres on improving local system management in the short term and restructuring care for the medium-term.
Phil Milligan, chief executive of East Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “From an ambulance service perspective, I’m pleased to see the committee have recognised the potential we have to offer by carrying-out an even more central role looking after patients in the community.
“The expansion of ‘hear and treat’ and ‘see and treat’ are a key component of our Being the Best Programme, this report supports our vision for ambulance services for the future.
“The report says ambulance services should be seen as care providers and not a service that simply readies patients for journeys to hospital.
“I agree with this 100%. Ambulance services have made massive strides forward over recent years when it comes to staff’s clinical skills and our highly skilled paramedics are already carrying out advance treatments on our patients.”
He added that the report recommends more ‘over the phone’ treatment and advice to reduce hospital emergency attendances.
Said Mr Milligan: “We’re already doing this and we expect to expand this, working closely with other community services.
“If the Government has the will to see these recommendations through and ambulance services are given necessary funding to make the changes, I’m sure it will go a long way to releasing pressure on our hard pressed hospitals, but more importantly, it will mean that patients receive the best possible treatment in the right place at the right time.
“I look forward to hearing more about the exciting opportunities that may arise from the Health Committee’s work.”