New emergency initiative to find remote locations in Wharfedale and Aireborough (From Wharfedale Observer)
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New emergency initiative to find remote locations in Wharfedale and Aireborough
Householders in remote or hard-to-find locations across Wharfedale and Aireborough are urged to help speed up ambulance response times by providing any tricky details.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has launched a new initiative called “MapMe” to help their staff cope with emergencies even quicker.
Online service MapMe lets people share key information about the location of their property – so it can be found as swiftly as possible.
David Williams, deputy director of operations, said: “Every second counts in a medical emergency when someone is seriously ill or injured and our staff do everything they can to reach patients as quickly as possible.
“If you think your property is difficult to find, we would urge you to complete a simple online form detailing specific directions and access information for your property.
“This information will then be used within the mapping system in our Emergency Operations Centres, where 999 calls are received, so you can be reassured that we will be able to find you when you need us most.
“As an emergency service, we use up-to-date navigation technology and, in the vast majority of cases, locate our patients very quickly.
“However, with some remote properties, it may be that they are known by a name rather than a street number, share a postcode with other properties in the area, or are at the end of a small country lane known only to locals.”
YAS covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million people.
It deals with an average of 2,180 emergency and urgent calls per day and employs over 4,600 staff.
To register with MapMe, visit the Yorkshire Ambulance Service website at yas.nhs.uk, and MapMe can be found in the ‘Calling 999’ section.