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Ambulance service established in Hazyview

Lianda Naudé
5 June 2017

Jacques Ainslie started the Lowmed EMS Ambulance service in November 2016 and established their headquarters in Hazyview. The ambulance services not only Hazyview but also the surrounding towns of Sabie, Graskop and Pilgrim’s Rest. The service is available 24 hours, seven days a week and has two Intermediate Life Support (ILS) and two Basic Life Support (BLS) staff members on board. These rotate on a weekly basis.

The ambulance has been in great demand since its arrival in town with Doctors, schools, lodges and hotels in the area calling for their assistance. “Schools like Uplands College, Penryn College, Curro and Rob Ferreira Hoërskool are regular clients of ours,” said Ainslie, Operations Director, Lowmed EMS. “This is as a result of the law stating that at any school sports event, an ambulance must be present. We regularly assist Drs Robbie Nel and Venemans and the Kiepersol Clinic in transferring patients to hospitals. We do attend to accidents scenes when necessary.”

“My goal is to get another ambulance which is solely dedicated to Hazyview. When we are transferring patients to hospitals we can be away from Hazyview for a couple hours and can’t attend to any emergencies there. Getting a dedicated Hazyview ambulance will resolve this problem. We need a person from the community to support our actions in the area, which will ensure our continued service.”

Ainslie has made a personal investment in Hazyview and is determined to see the ambulance service grow in the town. “An ambulance is one of the most expensive services to supply to a community,” continues Ainslie. “Banks don’t provide loans for these services as they view it as high risk. Private ambulances are dependent on investors to operate. “

“What people don’t realise is that they have rights and as such an ambulance can’t refuse to assist the patient. Once the patient has been stabilised the ambulance then requests whether the patient wants to wait for a government ambulance for further assistance or choose to utilise the private ambulance at a fee,” concludes Ainslie.

For more information contact Jacques Ainslie on 060-997-5997 or mail ems@lowmed.co.za

Image: From left: Jacques Ainslie, Joseph Tshitakhole, Ansie Pretorius and Bridget Mashile from Lowmed EMS.

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