North’s first private ambulances get north west roll out

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The north’s first private ambulance service is to provide five ambulances and create 12 jobs in the north west.

Lars Stuewe, clinical director of Concierge Practitioners Northern Ireland (CPNI), based in Limavady, said the independent ambulance service is being launched in response to growing demand.

He said the private ambulance service will cover the Western Health Trust area - including Derry, Strabane and Omagh - and provide “non-emergency and private event services.”

The first ten Ambulance Care Assistants will graduate this Friday after completing a Department of Employment and Learning funded training course.

“We have identified a growing demand for our healthcare services and have responded by carefully selecting and training 10 candidates for the role of Ambulance Care Assistant,” Mr Stuewe said.

“The new staff have been trained in First Aid; Automatic External Defibrillator (AED); Basic Life Support (BLS); moving and handling patients; ambulance driving; patient immobilisation; patient assessment and decision making; communication and managing patients with disabilities.”

He continued:”CPNI is now in a position to create 12 vacancies in the north west to facilitate the growing demand on our services. This will enable us to provide 5 fully crewed ambulances to the Western Trust on a 24/7 basis if required for non-emergency and private event services.”

He said CPNI have been providing “a range of quality healthcare services for the population of the area for the past year.”

It is an associate member of the Independent Ambulance Association, operating in the UK since January 2012.