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Healthwatch Leicester has hosted its third programme on EAVAFM focusing on emergency services.

Added: Wednesday 29th June 2016 03:07:21 AM

Healthwatch Leicester has hosted its third programme on EAVAFM focusing on emergency services.

David Henson from Healthwatch Leicester alongside of Paul Fitzgerald, Equality and Diversity Manager, and Ian Trafford, Paramedic from the East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) took to the waves this month to talk about local ambulance services, and how to look after yourself during the Ramadan season.

Date: 28th June 2016, Venue: EAVA FM Studios, Leicester.

Listeners had a chance to learn about EMAS, which provides emergency 999 and urgent care for the 4.8 million people within Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire (including North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. The service receives on average a new 999 call every 43 seconds - over 2,000 a day, supported by operating within two Emergency Operations Centres, at Nottingham and Lincoln.

Over 3,000 people work at East Midlands Ambulance Service, with our largest workforce group being frontline colleagues.

EMAS serves a resident population of 4.8million across the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, Lincolnshire (including North and North East), Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire), across 6,425 square miles. Each year EMAS sends an ambulance response to over 643,000 emergency and urgent calls, where patient care and treatment is provided at the scene of the emergency or in emergency vehicles en-route to hospital or a treatment centre.

Our guests were giving insight into services provided by EMAS. Ian who is a paramedic with the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) talked about his job, the type of calls he responds to, and why he becomes a paramedic.

As we are celebrating the Ramadan, we were also talked about how to look after yourself during that time, in particular if you have pre-existing conditions, for example diabetes, and which medical interventions are permissible for health reasons. Listeners had also learnt about types of calls EMAS responds to typically in Ramadan where people are fasting. Paul, who is the Equality and Diversity Manager at EMAS, talked about careers opportunities within emergency services and how does someone who is interested in joining the ambulance service can become a paramedic, and other career role available within the service.

If you need any more advice or information about EMAS service or you would like them to come out and talk to your groups please visit EMAS website www.emas.nhs.uk or contact EMAS Community Engagement Team on 0116 2869378

Healthwatch Leicester can also help people to find out about, access and navigate health and social care services through our Helpline. We encourage people to get in touch with us:

Helpline: 0116 251 8313
Email: information@healthwatchleicester.co.uk
Web: www.healthwatchleicester.co.uk

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East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) took to the air waves yesterday to talk about local ambulance services and how to look after yourself during the Ramadan season.

Posted by EAVA FM on Wednesday, 29 June 2016