City cycle paramedic to respond to police calls

08 February 2016

A cycle paramedic in the City of London will start responding to police calls today (February 8) to get a speedier response to patients. City of London cyclist

The three month trial will allow paramedics on bicycles to monitor police calls for incidents they can attend, when they are not busy treating other patients.

Paul Cook, General Manager Central Operations, said: “We are always looking for ways we can work more closely with our colleagues in other 999 services to help keep Londoners safe. We hope this trial will help improve response times to emergency calls in the city and get care to those who need it. ”

The Service already has a paramedic in a car responding to police incidents in 12 London boroughs at peak times.

Paul added: “We’ve been working with the City of London Police for over 10 years. Their cars and bikes are fitted with defibrillators and they are automatically alerted to patients in cardiac arrest.”

The City of London Police will also be joining paramedics on observational shifts to learn more about how the Service operates.

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Notes to editors

  • The trial will run for three months from Monday 8 February between  7.30 am and 5pm Monday to Friday
  • If the cycle responder is not available another ambulance crew will be dispatched
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