Returning motorcycle paramedics will operate from Ilford


2:28 PM November 1, 2021

Motorcycle paramedics are returning to London roads today (November 1), some operating from Ilford.

Since the start of the pandemic, Motorcycle Response Unit (MRU) paramedics have been deployed in other roles as the London Ambulance Service (LAS) has adapted its fleet in response to Covid-19.

But now the MRU is being relaunched exactly 30 years after it was first tested by LAS.

The runners will work in Croydon, Ilford and Waterloo, spending half of their shifts caring for the most seriously ill or injured patients and the rest of their shifts working in Control Room 999.

New technology on paramedics’ bikes means cyclists can now answer calls across the capital where previously they could only work in certain locations.

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Richard Webb-Stevens, Acting Director of MRU, said: “We are really excited to be back on our bikes to support confidence and provide high quality care to our patients by reaching the sickest the fastest.

“In life and death situations every second counts and the freedom we have on a motorcycle to access areas that other vehicles cannot reach means we can really make a difference in people’s lives. ”

Motorcycle paramedics are often the first paramedics on scene, for example when responding to the Westminster terror attack in 2017, according to the LAS.

They are often able to reach patients faster in busy urban areas where it can be difficult to get ambulances or cars through.

Bicycles carry the same life-saving equipment as ambulances, including a defibrillator.

There are nearly 30 motorcycle paramedics in the UFM and they undergo driver training with a police instructor before being recruited.

LAS Managing Director Daniel Elkeles said: “Not only are they back on their bikes, but they will also be using their skills in Control Room 999.

These senior clinicians will be so important as winter approaches – they will support the teams in their decision making and will be available to talk to our patients.

“Our colleagues in the Cyclic Response Unit (CRU) are doing the same.”

The LAS handles over two million 999 calls each year and responds to over 3,000 emergencies each day.

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