Media Alert: George EMS Paediatric Ambulance Handover
The Red Cross Children's Hospital Trust will hand over a fully equipped paediatric ambulance to Western Cape Government Health's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as part of the partnership between Western Cape Government Health's EMS and the Children's Hospital Trust.
The Eden District neonatal ambulance is one of four paediatric ambulances that have been specially equipped to accommodate newborn babies and toddlers. An initiative to meet EMS's annual strategic objectives in line with the millennium goals to improve and expand mother and child health care in the province.
The ambulances will be the first of its kind in the Eden district, serving the George, KwaNokathula, Knysna and Hessequa communities. Previously, EMS worked with one neonatal ambulance based in Cape Town. Paramedics would drive the vehicle out of the Metropole if the Air Mercy Service was unable to respond to the paediatric call, taking resources out of the area of need.
The new ambulance is designated to the George Hospital as the health facilities play an important role in the region, providing paediatric units, meeting millennium goal objectives to provide superior service for the care of mothers and children.
Date: 23 November 2011
Venue: Mowbray Maternity Hospital