Lloydminster emergency medical services (EMS) have been enhanced.
Now, local and area residents have access to advanced life support care when they call 9-1-1. Advanced life support care will be delivered through WPD Ambulance-Lloydminster, which will allow for a broader range of cardiac interventions, breathing supports, and medication available in emergency situations.
Although both EMS and advanced life support paramedics are fully qualified to aid people in emergency situations and ensure they are promptly transported to hospital, ALS paramedics are able to do more than EMS workers, such as administering certain drugs.
“Patient health and safety is our number one priority,” says Darren Sandbeck, Alberta Health Services EMS Chief Paramedic.
CEO of the Prairie North Regional Health Authority, David Fan, also commented, saying, “We know this much-anticipated move to advanced life support ambulance care will be well received by Lloydminster and area patients.”
He also said that a city the size of Lloydminster, with its health care needs, clearly requires enhanced EMS.
This announcement follows months of lobbying from the Lloydminster Concerned Citizens for Seniors Care Society and countless meetings between WPD Ambulance and both AHS and the PNRHA, both of which contract out EMS work to WPD.