One million face-to-face incidents attended by London Ambulance Service over past year

The landmark figure has been revealed on International Paramedics Day

The landmark figure has been revealed on International Paramedics Day
credit London Ambulance Service

Paramedics have touched the lives of more than one million patients this past year, according to figures released today by London Ambulance Service to mark International Paramedics Day.

Since July 2023, ambulance crews have attended 1,011,600 face-to face incidents from trips and falls right up to life-threatening emergencies like strokes and cardiac arrests.

The theme of this year’s celebrations is how paramedics ‘make a difference’ and aims to build a better understanding of the sheer breadth of work carried out by this rapidly developing young profession.

Chief paramedic Pauline Cranmer for London Ambulance Service said: “Today alone our paramedics will attend around 3,000 incidents in London and try to make a real difference for people in need of medical help.

“Paramedicine has evolved significantly over the past decades and we now have such a broad range of roles at London Ambulance Service providing increasingly tailored and specialist care to our patients.

“I’m so incredibly proud of all of our paramedics and want to acknowledge the contribution they make every single day.”

These days paramedics are found in a wide range of settings caring for patients and do not just respond in ambulances and cars.

Since 8th July last year, paramedics based in 999 control rooms have treated nearly 180,000 patients over the phone offering advice or arranging care that avoids unnecessary trips to A&E.

Our public education teams have trained more than 7,600 schoolchildren and 3,700 Londoners in crucial life-saving skills like CPR so they know what to do when someone has a cardiac arrest.

The LAS’s hazardous area response team paramedics are trained to give aid in perilous situations including fires, collapsed buildings and people trapped under trains or vehicles, and were dispatched to around 4,500 incidents and helped care for 800 patients.

Calling on Londoners to consider a career in paramedicine, Cranmer added: “You do not need to have a medical background to start a career at the service – we can provide you with all the training and development you need so you can begin making a difference as soon as possible.”

International Paramedics Day is hosted by the UK’s College of Paramedics to honour the dedication and impact of paramedics, first responders and community volunteers around the world.

LAS recruits around 500 paramedics a year, 50% of which are recruited through apprenticeships and paramedic science degrees across the country, with the rest of the paramedic workforce recruited internationally and from other NHS organisations.

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