My name is Darren Baglietto and I work as an Emergency Medical Technician for an NHS ambulance service. I am raising funds to start a community service starting in 2020. If a person has a fall and is conscious and breathing then that emergency call is graded to one of the lowest call grades, which means patients spend hours upon hours on floors waiting for help to get them up often patients waiting more than six hours. In this time a patient will often be on the floor by themselves, cold, hungry, tired, dying to use the toilet or has been incontinent and lying in urine or faeces.
Working for the ambulance service I understand that calls must be prioritised and there is just not the required levels of vehicles and staff to meet today’s growing needs. My aim is to start a falls emergency response initially in Castle Point District, Essex UK. I hope to operate this service between 06.00 and midday at first then expand to evening 6pm to midnight as this is the most common time of falls. With correct funding and adequate volunteers this service will be staffed 7 day a week before turning to a 24-hour service and then radiating from district to district.
I personally believe that a person laying on the floor in public or in their own home, injured or non-injured is an emergency any many fallers are injured, alone and scared. I aim to produce a service that responses to people fallen within 15 minutes of getting the call and be with that person within 30 minutes of person initally fallen. To achieve this level of response will take a lot of dedication from volunteers and monies from donations but truly believe that this in an emergency crisis that needs to be addressed.
Having previously volunteered for an emergency service on Canvey Island for some 8 years and worked on emergency ambulances in this area for nearly 9 years give me the demographic information about the area, service requirements.
My aim is to start responding in early 2020, with a guideline of January, this depending on equipment and volunteers sourced. I have decided to complete an ongoing campaign as clinical governance and compliance cost a great deal of money to keep running this service.
Once Helpfall is ready to go it will become Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)
This then gives Helpfall the ability to enter contracts with NHS providers, Local authority trading companies, clinical commissioning groups, independent healthcare providers which in turn will create income to keep the service running.
Estimated start up £4500.00
Yearly running costs £12,000
Yearly takings through contracts estimated £50,000
Yearly expected outcomes
1000+ calls attended within 45 minutes of persons falling
Reduction in pressure on ambulance services
10 volunteers per year completing worthwhile voluntary work
Expansion of Helpfall with 2 additional districts per year
3rd year expected outcomes
5000 + calls completed
50 + volunteers
5+ districts of Essex having a 24-hour falls response service
People live longer, chances are one of your relatives will suffer at least one fall in their lives,
Over 220,160 emergency hospital admissions related to falls among patients aged 65 and over in 2017 / 2018. This does not include non-conveyed falls.
Falls are a common and serious health issue for older people, with around a third of all people aged 65 and over falling each year, increasing to half of those aged 80 and over. Some medical conditions can also cause you to be more likely to fall.
Every penny will initially make a difference to people’s lives, the more money raised the more vehicles and equipment can be purchased making a huge difference to people’s lives.
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