Thursday, September 18, 2008

Emergency services on bikes

FIRST-AID providers on bicycles are ready to reach crowded areas in Doha with Hamad Medical Corporation launching the new Bike Emergency Service.

“In the initial stage they will be stationed from 5pm to midnight at the Corniche, Rumaillah Park and Souq Waqif, areas which are crowded, especially during weekends,” an official of Hamad Medical Corporation’s Emer-gency Medical Services said yesterday.

The well-trained personnel would provide emergency first aid to those in need prior to the arrival of an ambulance to rush patients to the Accident and Emergency Department.

The bikes are equipped with a first-aid bag for the treatment of mild injuries, a heart resuscitation system and an oxygen cylinder. The service could be availed of by dialling 999 and reporting the injury and location of the patient.

“The number of Bike Emergency Service stations is expected to be increased in the near future to cover sports events as well,” the official said.

The new service, which has been running for two weeks now, has been described as “efficient, prompt and timely in providing emergency first aid for a number of cases”.

Source: Gulf News

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