Ambulance and police chiefs discuss patient transportation to hospital
Ambulance and police chiefs say they're working closely
together to try and reduce the number of instances where patients
are taken to hospital by police officers.
Dr Anthony Marsh QAM, Chair of the Association of Ambulance
Chief Executives , said: "While instances of the police
transporting patients to hospital are very rare, the
ambulance service welcomes the opportunity to have even closer
dialogue on this subject so we can decide how best to eliminate any
unintended consequences of such high increased demand upon
Following talks with local forces, NEAS has issued guidance to
officers on how the ambulance service prioritises requests for a
Vehicles are despatched to patients most in need at the time -
which can mean that individuals with non life-threatening injuries
face a delay when call volumes are high.
On some occassions, police officers may decide to take a patient
to hospital themselves rather than wait for the next
Dr Marsh said: "AACE staff have already been
attending meetings with the Association of Chief Police
Officers on this issue for several months, and I am
confident that we will soon find ways to manage
demand more effectively together - whilst
continuing to provide the public with the excellent service
they have come to expect from their NHS ambulance service."