New Dedicated Ambulance Service For The Transfer Of Cardiac Patients. 

      The Coronary Heart Disease Collaborative has been utilised to pilot a scheme which is run by Lancashire Ambulance Service and  Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre N.H.S. Trust to improve the transfer of patients with cardiac conditions from Acute Hospitals across Lancashire and South Cumbria to the Tertiary Centre based at Blackpool by introducing a dedicated front line ambulance to work  exclusively at the transfer of Cardiac patients for a trial period of     6 – 9 months. 

At the moment emergency ambulances with a full paramedic crew on board are being used to transfer these patients from hospital to hospital. By having this new dedicated Ambulance, the emergency ambulances can be freed up to concentrate on providing high  quality emergency care to patients across Lancashire. 

An audit of this project will be ongoing to monitor progress being made during the pilot.  

Hilda Preston,

Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse, 

(extract from Network Plus, Winter 2004).