Pembrokeshire ambulance crews 'at breaking point'

Pembrokeshire ambulance crews 'at breaking point'

Pembrokeshire ambulance crews 'at breaking point'

First published in News

AMBULANCE cover in Pembrokeshire is at ‘breaking point’ according to those on the frontline of emergency callouts.

A paramedic has spoken out about the fears and frustrations staff are facing working in Pembrokeshire and the inevitable further impact services changes at Withybush Hospital will have on ambulance cover.

Part of Hywel Dda University Health Board’s safety net includes a dedicated ambulance based at Withybush Hospital for those needing emergency transfer to Glangwili where consultant obstetric and neonatal care will be based from next month.

But it was revealed at last week’s Community Health Council that the ambulance is not yet fully staffed and recruitment is continuing.

Fearful of repercussions a paramedic has spoken to the Western Telegraph anonymously of crews’ morale being at rock bottom as they are stretched to their limit covering not just Pembrokeshire but also into the Carmarthen and Llanelli area.

The current situation has left them fearful that were a major incident the ‘seriously depleted’ service would not be able to cope and people would be at risk.

“It is putting Pembrokeshire in an almost third world ambulance service. Priority is being given to Carmarthen and Llanelli and we are being dragged out of county and that depletes Pembrokeshire’s resources.

“It’s getting to the point where people are getting so frustrated and going off with stress but they can’t cover the basic core shifts.

“The transfer ambulance looks like it’s going to be depleting day to day resources.

“We should have six ambulances on per day in Pembrokeshire, sometimes it’s seven some days we’re are down to four ambulances and that leaves areas uncovered. If people did know what was going on they would be shocked. Melt down is the right word for it, we are not far off,” he said.

“The only thing they can do is recruit more people and more ambulances. They have got to give us the resources without diminishing the emergency cover, it’s getting to the point where the ambulance service is at breaking point,” he said.

Rob Jeffery, the Trust’s Head of Service for Hywel Dda University Health Board area, paid tribute to the hard work of staff and added: “The dedicated ambulance vehicle commissioned by Hywel Dda University Health Board to transfer patients from Withybush General Hospital to Glangwili General Hospital and other specialist centres will be in addition to our existing establishment, and will be a ring fenced resource.

“Twelve new members of staff are being recruited to operate this vehicle, six of which have already been appointed, and the remainder of which will be appointed in the coming weeks.

“New starters appointed from outside of the organisation will undertake training before going operational, so it is likely that internal staff will operate the vehicle initially, supported by paramedic managers as and when required.

“Existing staff across the Trust will also be given the opportunity to apply for overtime which becomes available to resource this or any other Trust vehicle.

“We are committed to providing high-quality ambulance services as detailed in our ambitious modernisation programme, Working Together for Success, and make every effort to ensure a safe service is provided to the people of Wales."

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5:14pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Electra1 says...

Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.
Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital. Electra1
  • Score: 14

6:05pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Pembrokeshireboy72 says...

Personally I think the paramedics and other medical staff are doing an amazing job, despite being overstretched and over-worked.

I can't say the same for those who are making the decisions, who no doubt work Monday-Friday from 9-5, (and probably finish early on a Friday), who clearly have no experience of the stress and trauma that these people on the front line have a daily basis.

Good on you for speaking up, shame all we got was the usual tripe in response.
Personally I think the paramedics and other medical staff are doing an amazing job, despite being overstretched and over-worked. I can't say the same for those who are making the decisions, who no doubt work Monday-Friday from 9-5, (and probably finish early on a Friday), who clearly have no experience of the stress and trauma that these people on the front line have a daily basis. Good on you for speaking up, shame all we got was the usual tripe in response. Pembrokeshireboy72
  • Score: 28

11:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Gogledd says...

8 million on a new face lift for Swansea boulevard. 250 million for new race track, God doesnt even know how much yet to upgrade the M4 around Cardiff so that the WG can get to work on time. The WG is wasting billions of our money on non essential services while closing down our most needed facilities here. Shame on them.
8 million on a new face lift for Swansea boulevard. 250 million for new race track, God doesnt even know how much yet to upgrade the M4 around Cardiff so that the WG can get to work on time. The WG is wasting billions of our money on non essential services while closing down our most needed facilities here. Shame on them. Gogledd
  • Score: 20

9:05am Thu 24 Jul 14

teifion says...

Pembrokeshire really is becoming the "wild west"

Lawless, the sheriff does little to investigate those guys with large "cattle ranches" - have had to get a "Texas ranger" from outside the territory, ,hospitals closing, few GPs, and now ambulances at a dangerous level - will ppl have to be ferried to carmarthen in a chuck wagon? :((
Pembrokeshire really is becoming the "wild west" Lawless, the sheriff does little to investigate those guys with large "cattle ranches" - have had to get a "Texas ranger" from outside the territory, ,hospitals closing, few GPs, and now ambulances at a dangerous level - will ppl have to be ferried to carmarthen in a chuck wagon? :(( teifion
  • Score: 8

10:15am Thu 24 Jul 14

enthusiasticmisfit says...

I've experienced issues in calling an ambulance several times in the last few months- where pensioners have collapsed in their gardens and the ambulance has taken over 2 hours to arrive- very worrying especially with our dwindling services in our local hospitals...
I've experienced issues in calling an ambulance several times in the last few months- where pensioners have collapsed in their gardens and the ambulance has taken over 2 hours to arrive- very worrying especially with our dwindling services in our local hospitals... enthusiasticmisfit
  • Score: 9

10:55am Thu 24 Jul 14

seaveiw says...

Electra1 wrote:
Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.
i agree with this but i think some people panic and not having any first aid skills do not know what to do. a simple faint in the hot weather is not really a cause to call an ambulance.perhaps schools could include basic first aid in there curriculam
[quote][p][bold]Electra1[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.[/p][/quote]i agree with this but i think some people panic and not having any first aid skills do not know what to do. a simple faint in the hot weather is not really a cause to call an ambulance.perhaps schools could include basic first aid in there curriculam seaveiw
  • Score: 4

1:50pm Thu 24 Jul 14

teifion says...

enthusiasticmisfit wrote:
I've experienced issues in calling an ambulance several times in the last few months- where pensioners have collapsed in their gardens and the ambulance has taken over 2 hours to arrive- very worrying especially with our dwindling services in our local hospitals...
Exactly, the NHS is no longer run by caring Doctors who know that that "golden hour" is all important to ones prognosis, these days bean counters go on about centres of exellence where ppl can be treated efficiently - whatever that means :((
[quote][p][bold]enthusiasticmisfit[/bold] wrote: I've experienced issues in calling an ambulance several times in the last few months- where pensioners have collapsed in their gardens and the ambulance has taken over 2 hours to arrive- very worrying especially with our dwindling services in our local hospitals...[/p][/quote]Exactly, the NHS is no longer run by caring Doctors who know that that "golden hour" is all important to ones prognosis, these days bean counters go on about centres of exellence where ppl can be treated efficiently - whatever that means :(( teifion
  • Score: 1

7:27am Sat 26 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

Electra1 wrote:
Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.
You don't think that the trust issues a press release with a very few really stupid requests in the hope that it might put people off asking for help when they are in two minds about it ?
[quote][p][bold]Electra1[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.[/p][/quote]You don't think that the trust issues a press release with a very few really stupid requests in the hope that it might put people off asking for help when they are in two minds about it ? Tttoommy
  • Score: 2

7:31am Sat 26 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

seaveiw wrote:
Electra1 wrote:
Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.
i agree with this but i think some people panic and not having any first aid skills do not know what to do. a simple faint in the hot weather is not really a cause to call an ambulance.perhaps schools could include basic first aid in there curriculam
How does one know it's a "simple" faint as you put it?

Might be the first symptom of heart failure and loads of other really nasty diseases which I'd rather not mention
[quote][p][bold]seaveiw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Electra1[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.[/p][/quote]i agree with this but i think some people panic and not having any first aid skills do not know what to do. a simple faint in the hot weather is not really a cause to call an ambulance.perhaps schools could include basic first aid in there curriculam[/p][/quote]How does one know it's a "simple" faint as you put it? Might be the first symptom of heart failure and loads of other really nasty diseases which I'd rather not mention Tttoommy
  • Score: 2

7:52am Sat 26 Jul 14

Electra1 says...

Tttoommy wrote:
seaveiw wrote:
Electra1 wrote:
Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.
i agree with this but i think some people panic and not having any first aid skills do not know what to do. a simple faint in the hot weather is not really a cause to call an ambulance.perhaps schools could include basic first aid in there curriculam
How does one know it's a "simple" faint as you put it?

Might be the first symptom of heart failure and loads of other really nasty diseases which I'd rather not mention
Go one mention it :)
[quote][p][bold]Tttoommy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seaveiw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Electra1[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.[/p][/quote]i agree with this but i think some people panic and not having any first aid skills do not know what to do. a simple faint in the hot weather is not really a cause to call an ambulance.perhaps schools could include basic first aid in there curriculam[/p][/quote]How does one know it's a "simple" faint as you put it? Might be the first symptom of heart failure and loads of other really nasty diseases which I'd rather not mention[/p][/quote]Go one mention it :) Electra1
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

Electra1 wrote:
Tttoommy wrote:
seaveiw wrote:
Electra1 wrote:
Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.
i agree with this but i think some people panic and not having any first aid skills do not know what to do. a simple faint in the hot weather is not really a cause to call an ambulance.perhaps schools could include basic first aid in there curriculam
How does one know it's a "simple" faint as you put it?

Might be the first symptom of heart failure and loads of other really nasty diseases which I'd rather not mention
Go one mention it :)
Let's just say it's one of the diseases Doctors dread getting a lot more than hear,stroke or cancer.
[quote][p][bold]Electra1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tttoommy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seaveiw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Electra1[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it might help if people didn't call out the ambulance for trivial matters or because they are too lazy to drive themselves or their family member to hospital.[/p][/quote]i agree with this but i think some people panic and not having any first aid skills do not know what to do. a simple faint in the hot weather is not really a cause to call an ambulance.perhaps schools could include basic first aid in there curriculam[/p][/quote]How does one know it's a "simple" faint as you put it? Might be the first symptom of heart failure and loads of other really nasty diseases which I'd rather not mention[/p][/quote]Go one mention it :)[/p][/quote]Let's just say it's one of the diseases Doctors dread getting a lot more than hear,stroke or cancer. Tttoommy
  • Score: 2

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