WORKING WITH UK AMBULANCE SERVICES
The Community Heartbeat Trust works closely with all the ambulance services in the UK. We will not undertake a project in a community unless the local ambulance service has been informed. As a result we enjoy an exceptionally close relationship, and several ambulance services representatives are on our management board. We work closely with every Ambulance service to maintain and make sure all equipment is rescue ready through our WebnoS governance system. With which we relay information about defibrillators and there ready status via regular reports. We handle getting you registered with your local Ambulance Service and notify you when you are live on their CAD system.
AMBULANCE SERVICE CAD
Each Ambulance service will be able to see your registered defibrillator when dialling 999 and direct you on box code and directions to obtain your nearest defibrillator in the event of Cardiac Arrest or should they deem that a defibrillator will be necessary.
The area which each Ambulance service can see based upon your location varies dependent on region. For example London Ambulance service can see 200 meters around your location. Where as East of England can see up to 1400 meters. Due to time factors the Ambulance controller will not look beyond this radius to see if you have a defibrillator within this area.
GOVERNANCE, AMBULANCE SERVICES & THE CQC
All Ambulance Services are now being audited by the Care Quality Commission on public access defibrillators, and any that are not reported on for a period will be removed from the Ambulance Services CAD, to ensure that this does not happen we would encourage you to register on our Webnos system in order to have a simple and straightforward method of relaying information about your defibrillator to the local Ambulance Service, if you would like to do this please contact us and request an "Ambulance Briefing form" to get your defibrillator registered today.
“West midlands ambulance service are happy to be working alongside Community Heartbeat Trust on developing the national data base for community deﬁbs. We have also had a great deal of success in developing and implementing community public access deﬁbs. We look forward to developing this close relationship in the future.” -‐ Duncan Parsonage, Community Response Manager , West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
"The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust is pleased to work in partnership with the Community Heartbeat Trust in improving cardiac arrest survival rates through community deﬁbrillation. The CHT in partnership with us has enabled communities across Wales to have provision of public access deﬁbrillators in largely rural areas where early deﬁbrillation is essential”. -‐ Gerard Rothwell Public Access Deﬁbrillation Schemes Oﬃcer, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.
“The Scottish Ambulance is pleased to be working with the Community Heartbeat Trust for the provision of life saving deﬁbrillators to the remote areas of Scotland. It is our view that the placing of publicly accessible deﬁbrillators saves lives as survival rates of cardiac arrest improve greatly where deﬁbrillators are available.” -‐ Patrick O’Meara, General Manager Community Resilience, Scottish Ambulance Service.
“The East of England Ambulance Service are pleased to be working with the Community Heartbeat Trust in assisting the more rural parts of our trust in the provision of and training in the use of public accessible deﬁbrillators. It has been proven that if the collapsed patient has access to a deﬁbrillator it will improve their chances of survival and this is what we are trying to achieve.” -‐ Glen Young, Regional General Manager, Health & Emergency OperaEons Centre, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
“We welcome this initiative and will be working with CHT to identify the locations where deﬁbrillators would be of the greatest beneﬁt. In most cases, this will be in areas where access to emergency medical help is diﬃcult due to travelling distances.”-‐ East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust press oﬃce.