Guernsey paramedics provide temporary cover in Alderney

St John Emergency Ambulance Service is deploying a paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) from Guernsey to Alderney to provide temporary cover for the Alderney Ambulance Service.

Guernsey based clinicians will be stationed in Alderney on a four-week rota during the month of February and will be on call and available to respond to medical emergencies around the clock. The first pair arrived in Alderney this morning.

This short-term arrangement is part of an existing agreement whereby St John Ambulance Guernsey covers periods of annual leave or when the Alderney paramedic is unavailable. It follows a request from the States of Alderney last week.

During their time on Alderney the Guernsey crews will work with the volunteer workforce, and it is envisaged that SJEAS clinicals will provide volunteer training opportunities and general support where required.

Guernsey’s ambulance service has a long history of supporting the Bailiwick islands, providing the Flying Christine marine ambulance service, education and training to first line responders and leadership.

We welcome the news that the States of Alderney is reviewing the on-island arrangements for a long-term fit-for-purpose ambulance service that is cost effective and equitable for Alderney residents.

The deployment won’t have any impact on the provision of emergency ambulance cover in Guernsey during this time.”