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3 Apr 2020

We thank partners helping us get double the usual number of ambulances out responding to patients in the capital

At the Stagecoach Bus Garage in east London a number of organisations are supporting the Service in preparation and installation of 62 brand new ambulances – which will take place over five days.

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the Service would usually have capacity to make two new vehicles road-ready each week – well below the figure of 62.

As well as these brand new vehicles, we are kitting out and carrying out final preparations on 54 second-hand vehicles which we’ve brought in from a variety of sources across the country. We are also re-fitting 50 of our existing non-emergency response vehicles which are being prepared so they can be used for frontline emergency response to patients in need.

The hard work and support of these businesses and organisations means we can increase our fleet of ambulance from around 470 – of which usually around 300-350 are available and road-worthy – to more than 600.

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29 Jan 2020

We release new stats on cardiac arrests showing survival rates outside of hospital reach all time high

The proportion of people surviving a cardiac arrest that happens outside of hospital has reached its highest level of 10.8 per cent – twice the rate it was a decade ago.

Figures published today by London Ambulance Service also show that when a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) was used by a bystander and at least one shock was delivered to patients, the survival rate was more than five times higher (57.1 per cent).

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A row of ambulances parked in front of one another

20 Jan 2020

The Service welcomes announcement of new bursaries for student paramedics

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced this weekend that some students, including those studying to become a paramedic, will receive a new £5,000 a year bursary.

London Ambulance Service has welcomed the new support – which is the first time paramedic students will benefit from additional NHS funding while at university, with students able to take advantage of the funding from September 2020.

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