National award for ambulance trust

PUBLISHED: 14:56 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:57 19 June 2013

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SOMERSET'S ambulance service has received national recognition for the high quality work it carries out.

South Western Ambulance Service (SWAS) has been praised by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for its work both with patients and behind the scenes.

The award comes just four months after it took over running Great Western Ambulance Service for the North Somerset area, requiring staff to create new handbooks.

Burnham paramedic Jim Beaumont said it was a proud moment for the trust which now deals with about 700,000 emergency calls a year.

He said: “Where patients do not require admission to hospital the guidelines provide clinicians with the evidence base and confidence to support their decision making.

“It’s great to see the best of both organisations in a practical handbook for staff which is quick to access, easy to read and above all paramedic friendly.”

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