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16 Oct 2019

Ambulance service calls on Londoners to learn life-saving skills to have the confidence to save a stranger

London Ambulance Service is calling on people to step in to save a life as figures are released which show less than half of Londoners would help a stranger in cardiac arrest.

Figures released today, 16 October, for World Restart a Heart Day, by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and St John Ambulance show that just 49% of people in London would give cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to a stranger.

The report cites possible reasons including ‘busyness bias’ and ‘stranger danger’ as barriers to bystanders intervening.

London Ambulance Service is calling on all Londoners to have the confidence to step in and be a life saver – and to get life support training so they can be confident to do so.

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2 Oct 2019

A ‘Perfect Day’ for those in need of urgent and emergency care in north east London

On Monday 30 September, we joined our health partners in north eat London to embark on a ground-breaking event to reduce the number of people being taken unnecessarily to hospital by ambulance, while delivering better patient care and outcomes.

On the ‘Perfect Day’, just 48.9% of the 505 patients who needed assistance from 999 between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00pm needed to go to hospital, meaning that over 51% of patients were able to be treated at, or nearer to, home.

Lowering the number of patients being taken unnecessarily to hospital and treating more patients closer to home is better for patients, better for families and better for the NHS.

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