Norman Baker MP this morning met with local paramedic practitioners, Natalie Cole and Jim Baumber, to welcome the paramedic service now operating in Seaford and to thank them for the work they and their colleagues are doing.
The specialist paramedic service run by the South East Coast Ambulance Service offers treatment for minor injuries and covers non-emergency 999 calls in the Seaford area. Already handling hundreds of calls a week the paramedic practitioners can treat all sort of ailments and injuries, avoiding the need for people to go to Accident and Emergency departments.
Norman says: ‘I have long argued for a minor injuries unit in Seaford which with a population of over 20,000 deserves no less. We have yet to get that so in the meantime I have been pushing Sussex Ambulance Service to provide paramedic care in the sort on a sort of ‘mobile minor injuries’ unit basis. Paramedic practitioners like Nat and Jim are playing a crucial part in reducing pressure on A&E services. They can treat minor injuries in people’s homes, avoiding the disruptive process of having to go to hospital and making sure that ambulances are free for emergency calls.’
Norman Baker recently raised a debate in parliament on the subject of health facilities in his constituency. He highlighted the fact to get treatment for minor injuries, too many Seaford residents have to make often unnecessary trips to Eastbourne, Brighton or other neighbouring towns when they could easily get treated in Seaford itself.
Commenting further, Norman says: ‘The arrival of the paramedic service in Seaford is a major step forward for my constituents and I would like to thank Sussex Ambulance Service for their help in making this possible. With a large elderly population, who often do not have cars, being able to reach and treat people without having to call out an ambulance and go to A&E is a vital asset. Personally I would now like to see the paramedics permanently based at the Seaford Medical Centre.’