Concerns raised after three East of England Ambulance Service staff members die suddenly in 11 days

The Trust confirmed the news this afternoon

By Elliot Hawkins  Nov 2019  Photo :PETER BYRNE/PA

Three staff members at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust have died suddenly in the last 11 days.

The news was confirmed by the Trust, who cover Hertfordshire, on Twitter this afternoon (Friday, November 22) but information surrounding the circumstances have not been released at this stage.

The Trust tweeted a statement confirming the recent deaths and outlining the support available to staff members and families.

Dr Tom Davis, EEAST Medical Director, said: “We are extremely sad about the deaths recently of three of our colleagues.

“We have extended our sympathies to their families and friends at this difficult time and we have provided immediate support to them and to our colleagues, including a helpline staffed by trained experts.

“The Trust takes any concerns about the health and wellbeing of its staff extremely seriously and will always offer to support to those staff who may require any help.”


The BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) staff network for the East of England Ambulance Service also tweeted to encourage people to seek help if in need.

The statement read: “In light of the recent tragic news heard of the passing of staff members, EEAST staff, EEAST BME and all other networks are here for ANYONE if you feel you need to talk.

“One family.”



O2 and Samsung to work on 5G connected ambulances for NHS

Britain’s biggest mobile network is to test ‘smart ambulances’ equipped with 5G technology



O2, the mobile phone giant, is set to begin testing “smart ambulances” equipped with next generation 5G technology later this month in a deal with Samsung and the NHS.

Britain’s biggest mobile network operator by number of users will pilot the technology on six ambulances from the East of England Ambulance Trust to create new services for emergency vehicles such as real-time video technology and high-quality scanners.

The trial at the Millbrook vehicle test centre in Bedfordshire will explore how more patients can be treated with paramedics on the scene by improving connections over the network.

New 5G network technology provides download and upload speeds up to 100 times faster than current 4G networks.

While it is only gradually being rolled out in some parts of the country, and is mostly being used for mobile data and internet connections, telecoms experts hope the technology will be applied to other industries and public sector work.


The ambulances will include technology from Visionable, a start-up backed by O2’s Spanish parent Telefonica that works with 50 NHS trusts to provide video and remote care technology.

O2 said its research had found 5G video conference technology could free up to one million hours per year for the NHS. Improved network capacity could also save cities hundreds of millions of pounds by encouraging patients to wear internet-connected wearables.

The trial will simulate an emergency call-out with paramedics collecting data and communicating remotely with consultants using on-board equipment.

The trial is part of the AutoAir 5G project at the Millbrook Proving Ground, where new 5G technologies are being tested on vehicles, including how network connections and handoffs are managed on the new network at high speeds, as well as other advanced projects.

O2 chief operating officer Derek McManus said: “Healthcare is one of the areas set to benefit most from 5G technology.”

Lynda Sibson, telemedicine manager with East of England NHS, said: “Extending this type of care into smart ambulances is an exciting next step in critical and pre-hospital emergency care.”


O2 in “Smart Ambulance” trial using 5G tech

David Murphy

O2 will provide connectivity for a new “Smart Ambulance” at Millbrook Proving Ground this month, as part of a trial that has the potential to revolutionise patient diagnosis, transport and treatment.

The project will involve equipping a standard ambulance with state-of-the-art devices and connectivity to create a Smart Ambulance that will simulate 5G connectivity, transforming the vehicle into a unique remote consultation room.

The trial is being developed at Millbrook’s Proving Ground – a vehicle testing facility in Bedford that will help O2 develop and safely test the new system before it is deployed on the public network, replicating real world 5G capabilities.

O2 is partnering with Samsung for the devices, Visionable for the video collaboration software and Launchcloud for the asset tracking and compliance check elements. The combined expertise will equip the vehicle with a range of cutting-edge technology, including Visionable’s video and voice collaboration platform; unlimited participants and data feeds for live conferencing; Visionable’s patented pixel-for-pixel picture quality (allowing for clearer and more accurate use in medical scenarios i.e. scans); Launchcloud’s data collection app with automation, reporting and communication tools; Launchcloud’s API Integration with many applications including Salesforce, OneDrive and Microsoft Dynamics; Dynamic forms on tablets; and Samsung’s fastest S-series device to date – the Galaxy S10 5G.

The group will work together to trial the latest monitoring and remote consultation technology to enable paramedics to conduct on-board treatments through mobile expert consultation. It is hoped the trial will demonstrate how Smart Ambulances can empower paramedics to treat more people with more ailments than currently possible and ease the strain on hospital resources by reducing the number of patients taken to hospital.

The trial itself will simulate an emergency call out, allowing paramedics to conduct checks, collect data and communicate with consultants remotely using on-board equipment. The paramedics will then be able to diagnose patients and recommend the appropriate treatment and next actions.

O2 is currently providing the devices and connectivity for a similar trial involving six ambulances at the East of England Ambulance Trust, led by Visionable, and funded by the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK.

Visionable and Launchcloud are part of the Wayra family, which is the start-up accelerator owned by O2’s parent company, Telefonica.

Lynda Sibson, stroke telemedicine manager at the East of England Stroke Telemedicine Stakeholder Partnership said: “When someone has a stroke, every minute counts. We have been successfully working with Visionable to bring critical stroke care to patients wherever they are, bringing life-saving treatment and diagnosis to thousands of people across the East of England. Extending this type of care into Smart Ambulances is an exciting next step in critical and pre-hospital emergency care. Being able to bring experts to patients regardless of their location will help save lives, while reducing some of the strain on clinicians and the NHS.” 


Dr. Martin Pall confirms Microwave Radiation Exposure can cause thoughts of suicide

Luke Wright, 24, who worked in Norwich, is one of three members of the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) who have died in the past 11 days.

Pall, Martin L., “Microwave frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF’s) produce widespread neuropsychiatric effects including depression,” Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy 75, Aug. 2015 pages 43-51

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