HSJ understands East of England Ambulance Service Trust had to dispatch ambulance crews with very limited oxygen supply earlier this month due to strained tank supplies. At one point, crews were sent out with “a single, quarter-full portable oxygen bottle where they used to have at least four portable bottles on the vehicle”, according to one source close to the trust.
Similar shortages have occurred at South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust. HSJ understands ambulances in this region ran out of oxygen while waiting to hand over patients to accident and emergency departments.
One source working within the region told HSJ: “The oxygen flow is terrible. People are running out of oxygen. A hospital only has a finite flow and need is exceeding what a hospital is built to deliver, so then they have oxygen tanks outside which are being used up too.
Ambulances are waiting so long to discharge patients that they are using up all their oxygen they carry and people are…
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