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Branch Secretary update - 30 minute handover PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Friday, 27 May 2016 17:49

At the public board meeting this week a document was included in the papers which raised a number of concerns for UNISON.

30 minute handover at acutes. 
“From the 6 June 2016, EEAST intends to implement the 30 minute hospital handover measure to protect patients in the community from handover delays. In simple terms, this will mean that if a crew has been waiting to hand over a patient at hospital for more than 30 minutes, and a 999 call comes in for which they are the closest resource, the crew can be instructed to leave the patient at the hospital and respond, if the risk to the patient in the community is greater. Sandy Brown has sent a letter to all Acute Hospitals, week commencing 9 May 2016 advising of our intention. A protocol and instruction flow chart will be communicated to staff to ensure they are empowered to make decisions at the hospital.”

Last Updated on Friday, 27 May 2016 17:50
The Bucket Overfloweth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Pittman   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 14:08


The Bucket Overfloweth

The ambulance service is experiencing a constantly high level of calls via the 999 system on a daily basis (except it would seem on the days of action by the Junior Doctors) and we only have a finite number of crews and vehicles. 

This situation is similar to the “stress bucket” model which is referred to in acute mental health services; the water pours into the bucket (calls coming in via 999) until the water overflows (the calls back up) with undesired consequences.  The recognised solution is for the “bucket” to be fitted with a stress relieving tap through which the water level can be reduced to prevent over flow taking place.

With regard to the high volume of calls coming in

Hard-hitting UNISON film highlights the work of frontline ambulance staff PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Monday, 23 May 2016 14:53

Ambulance crews in the East of England Ambulance Service are struggling to cope.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2016 14:54
Drive to arrive safely PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Pittman   
Sunday, 22 May 2016 05:09

Drive to Arrive Safely

It has long been quoted that it is only when we have “passed” the driving test, that we really begin to learn how to drive, how to prepare ourselves for the journey and how to anticipate when situations along the journey may require us to take remedial or corrective action. After many months of studying the Highway Code and practising the essential manoeuvers, the

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2016 05:11
UNISON update on the Trusts "new" proposals... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 14:16

The trust has this afternoon released a document to all staff implying it was shared with UNISON on 9th May. This is not the case.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:17
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