Person protective equipment (PPE) was stolen from an ambulance on a call out in Middlesbrough on Monday, police have said.
theft occurred as the ambulance crew attended emergency calls in
Middlesbrough’s Newport area.
items reported stolen were provided to the ambulance crew to keep them safe as
they provide life-saving treatment to patients, a Cleveland Police spokeswoman said.
Ch Supt Thom McLoughlin said: “The theft of equipment from frontline ambulance staff is despicable. Our emergency service colleagues continue to assist those in most need and it is disgraceful they were targeted in this way."
The North East Ambulance Service said it was one of four thefts of such equipment across the region in the past week.
Paramedics' protective equipment stolen
Protective equipment for paramedics has been stolen from ambulances four times in the past week, the North East Ambulance Service has said.
A spokeswoman said the items were stolen while crews were treating patients in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.
The equipment is used by healthcare workers to protect themselves
from infection from coronavirus and it also keeps them from infecting other
of risk at North East Ambulance Service, Alan Gallagher, said: “To
hear about such selfish acts of theft is incredibly disappointing and we will
not tolerate it. The impacts of such acts could severely impede our combined
efforts to keep people safe. Those responsible should consider the wider impact
that their actions could have on the community and their own emergency care,
should they ever need it.
a result, all vehicles will now carry minimal stocks.
of our vehicles are fitted with CCTV and anyone attempting to board one whilst
the crew are treating patients is likely to be caught on camera and the footage
provided as evidence to the police.”
Routine patient transport service suspended during virus crisis
Routine ambulance transport has been cancelled to help ease demand during the coronavirus crisis.
The North East Ambulance Service said the decision would allow it to support hospitals to discharge more patients well enough to return home and free-up the maximum possible inpatient and critical care capacity in the region.
A limited transport service will continue for patients needing dialysis; chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other cancer treatment; and when required for non-urgent assessment as directed by a clinician.
Barry Dews, Strategic Head of Operations at NEAS, said: “This is not a decision taken lightly and we know some patients will be worried about whether they should still attend their hospital appointment.
“We regularly carry out around 2,800 patient journeys a day and we have already seen this drop to 1,500 patient journeys a day as hospitals start cancelling appointments and some patients are either self-isolating or following government advice to socially distance themselves.
“We are working very closely with hospitals and our NHS commissioners to ensure that all patients are notified of this change and given advice on what they should do next.”
Patients who have any concerns their transport should ring NEAS patient transport on 0300 111 0247.
For those patients showing symptoms of COVID-19, vehicles will only transport one patient at a time.
Crews in direct contact will also be wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), although the designated driver will not be required to wear PPE whilst driving.
Emergency services issue parking plea
Northumberland Fire and Rescue service has asked people to be considerate when it comes to parking.
It says that with more people working from home there are more cars parked up in streets and housing estates.
Residents are urged to ensure they have left enough room for emergency services vehicles to get through.