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Ambulance broken into while staff help a child

An ambulance has been broken into in the Knowle area of Bristol whilst staff helped a young patient.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust says personal belongings and ambulance equipment were taken "whilst the crew were treating a poorly child".

The theft happened sometime between 1.30pm and 2.20pm today while the ambulance was on duty and attending an incident Delius Grove in Knowle.

A crew member’s purse and a SwasFT-issued Samsung Galaxy PDA were taken from the vehicle.

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Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for information and any potential witnesses.

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'Please think before you park' - emergency service pleads

Shaun Howells posted a picture of the narrowed road Credit: Shaun Howells

Emergency staff have issued another plea for sensible parking after an ambulance was forced to take an alternative route to an emergency.

Shaun Howells, a paramedic with South Western Ambulance, posted pictures of the jam-packed roads his vehicle tried to navigate around in Yeovil.

Credit: Shaun Howells

Attacks on ambulance crews increase

Attacks on ambulance crews are on the increase Credit: ITV News West Country

There's been an increase in the number of reported attacks on ambulance staff in the region. There were a hundred and four reports of physical abuse to front line crews last year, according to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

They caused cuts, bruising and sprains as well as more serious injuries like dislocations and fractures. Seventy three cases were reported to the police and in twenty two cases the patient was arrested.

SW Ambulance defends worst response times

The South Western Ambulance Service Trust has defended itself after new figures revealed it had the worst response times to 999 calls in the country.

It blamed the rural nature of the South West for the fact that it missed the target of reaching seventy seven per cent of calls within eight minutes.

Miles Sibley from the Patients watchdog, Healthcare Devon, says target times shouldn't be the only measure...

SW Ambulance misses response targets

The service narrowly missed its targets Credit: ITV News West Country

South Western Ambulance missed its emergency response targets in October.

An eight minute response time was only achieved for 71% of urgent calls - the minimum target is 75%.

An NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said "Like all ambulance trusts around the country, the service is facing an ongoing increase in demand for its services meaning more calls to respond to and increasing numbers of patients requiring care.

"An additional challenge for the south west region is that it is predominantly rural, with many isolated communities."

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