PARAMEDICS will use motorcycles in an attempt to get to patients quicker, as part of a trial in Waltham Forest.

The Motorcycle Response Unit will be stationed in the borough every day until spring, between 7am and 7pm.

Motorcyclists can easily manoeuvre through heavy traffic and the unit has proved effective in central London.

Operations manager Martin McTigue said: “We have introduced motorcycle paramedics to bring a more dynamic emergency medical response to patients in the borough.

“Our motorcycle teams already respond very effectively to emergencies in central London, proving to be able to reach patients quickly, and enabling staff to give life-saving treatment while an ambulance is on the way.”

The motorcycles will carry the same life-saving equipment as ambulances, including a defibrillator – a machine used to restart a patient's heart when they have suffered a cardiac arrest.

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