New Ambulance Kit Will Help Scilly’s Heart Patients

ambulance equipmentNew diagnostic equipment being installed in Scilly’s ambulances this week will mean mainland doctors have better access to information about what’s wrong with patients before they are evacuated to Treliske.

The kit, known as ECS or Electronic Care System, allows technicians and paramedics to send cardiac ECG readings from suspected cardiac patients direct to specialists at the Royal Cornwall or other hospitals for an expert opinion.

The system will beam data from the vehicle using the mobile phone network.

Greg Garrett from the Ambulance Trust SWAST came to St Mary’s Hospital to show staff how the software works on Monday.

If there’s no mobile coverage, the hand-held tablet can link into our hospital’s Wi-Fi to send data to the mainland while the patient awaits transfer.

Greg says it will make a real difference because the readings transmitted from all the islands will help Treliske staff to better prepare for a patient being evacuated by air ambulance direct from an off-island.

The technology is similar to kit recently funded for the GP practice by Rotarians, which transmits neurological data to doctors from an iPad.

That software is used to help diagnosis in suspected stroke cases.

The Department of Health is funding the system already in use in Cornwall. It will be rolled out to North Devon next week and to Bristol and Somerset next year.