Lincolnshire County Council launches falls service
A pilot response service to help people who have suffered a fall has been launched in Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire County Council has allocated £400,000 to help run the pilot in collaboration with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and LIVES.
Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member for Adult Care and Community Wellbeing, said: "This new service means that when someone who has suffered a fall calls 999 they can expect a quicker response from either a LIVES or EMAS crew to ensure their needs are met.
"We know that this time of year is challenging for emergency services as the number of people who fall in the home increases, so we've agreed to fund this pilot project to get people appropriate help more quickly.
"There will also be benefits to the whole health and care system, avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions and allowing ambulances to go to where they are most needed in the county."
LIVES responders will use a dedicated EMAS ambulance vehicle, which includes specialist lifting equipment.
Nikki Silver, chief executive officer for LIVES, said: "The aim of the service is to re-mobilise patients that have fallen, ensure that they are safe and that they are referred on to the appropriate service to make sure that the risk of them falling again is minimised.
"We are very pleased that the first falls response partnership team will include LIVES responders.
"It's an exciting opportunity to make a difference to people in our communities and to support EMAS to get to the patients that need their help more quickly."
Ross Noble, EMAS duty operations manager, added: “During 2017/2018, EMAS responded over 8,000 times to people who had fallen in Lincolnshire.
"This collaborative agreement enables the provision of a service to improve the speed of response to someone who has fallen in the county, thus reducing avoidable admissions to hospital, whilst also allowing our emergency crews to prioritise the most life-threatening patients.”
The pilot service will launch in the east of the county initially and will be rolled out across the whole of Lincolnshire in the new year.