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Community Paramedic Reaches 1000th Job

09 October 2007

9 October 2007

A COMMUNITY PARAMEDIC based in Leyburn, North Yorkshire has attended over 1000 jobs since he started the role four and a half years ago. His 1000th job was to a female with breathing difficulties at Leeming Bar.

Pete Shaw has been working out of the Leyburn Medical Practice in the Yorkshire Dales since 2002 when the Community Paramedic role was piloted.
Pete said of his Community Paramedic role: "It's proved that having a Community Paramedic working in partnership with a medical practice works well in a rural area like ours. It has a positive impact on the number of emergencies and minor injuries we are able to deal with in the surrounding rural area and in the four and a half years I have been in this role I have stood down over 60 ambulances, freeing up vital resources to deal with other emergencies in the Yorkshire Dales."

"The role allows me to see and treat patients closer to their homes - an important part of a Government report which led to the restructure of ambulance services nationally and focused attention on treating patients at or closer to home if possible rather than taking them to hospital."
Stephen Brown - Practice Manager of Leyburn Medical Centre - said: "Having Pete based at the medical centre means we are able to offer an excellent range of healthcare to the public. As a practice we believe that where appropriate patients appreciate being treated as close to their home as possible and Pete is crucial in being able to provide this."

Dr Adrian Dawson said: "The joined up working between Leyburn Medical Practice and YAS, allows us to treat a greater number of patients closer to home and brings greater skills when needed."

As well as working his normal hours, because of his location living just outside Bedale Pete is able to provide extra care for local people when it is needed. He can be called out from his home to attend an emergency up till 10pm most evenings during the week and at least one day most weekends.

Pete's most memorable call in his time as Community Paramedic was to a road traffic accident in April this year.

"When I arrived at the scene I knew that unless something major was done quickly the patient would not survive his injuries. I requested an air ambulance with a doctor onboard. The Bainbridge ambulance crew, Great North Air Ambulance and I all worked together seamlessly and I'm pleased to say the man is well on the road to recovery. It was a great example of pre-hospital teamwork."

Pete first came to the Yorkshire Dales with the RAF where he worked as a medic in their Mountain Rescue Team. He joined the Ambulance Service in 1995 and qualified as a Paramedic in 1999. During his time he has been based at ambulance stations in Bramham, Thirsk, Harrogate and Ripon and now the Leyburn Medical Practice in the Yorkshire Dales.

He is also responsible for looking after the seven Community First Responders schemes in the dales area.

Out of work Pete enjoys running- having just completed his seventh Great North Run - and cycling. He regularly raises money for Marie Curie, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the British Legion.

He lives with his partner Angela who is a veterinary nurse in Bedale.


Notes to Editors:

1. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) is now in its second year of operation. It was formed on 1 July 2006 when the three Yorkshire-based services merged. It operates 60 Ambulance Stations throughout the county, with the main headquarters in Wakefield. YAS serves a population of 4.7 million people and covers varying terrain from coastal areas, large urban areas and inner cities to dales and rural expanses covering an area of 6,000 square miles.

2. The Bradley Report outlined a number of changes that patients can expect to see over the next five years. They are

  • Faster response times to save more lives
  • Better advice over the phone
  • More care in the home
  • More treatment at the scene
  • Home visits for better health

3. Community First Responders can administer oxygen and are trained
 in basic life support skills, which could be invaluable in the minutes before
 the ambulance arrives. All Responders carry Yorkshire Ambulance Service ID cards and may attend patients with chest pain or difficulty breathing and patients who are unconscious or who have collapsed.

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