The Gauteng EMS trainees. Photo: Submitted.
Twelve employees from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) bases in and around Rand West and Mogale City have recently received training to upgrade their emergency care skills.
This group is the first group of EMS personnel from the Rand West and Mogale area trained by Gauteng EMS at the Leratong District Offices in Krugersdorp according to the newly published Clinical Practice Guidelines.
The training was provided by the West Rand training coordinators, Marcel Weyer and Denver Ramnarain.
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According to Marcel, the training provided will enable the practitioners, who are all registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, to provide a better service to their patients. The guidelines are based on international best practices in emergency medical care and incorporate evidence-based training and learning linked to clinical practice.
One of the newly upskilled candidates, Lenox Davhana, who is stationed at Dr Yusuf Dadoo Hospital’s EMS Base in Krugersdorp, said he is proud to be one of the first emergency service personnel employed by Gauteng EMS that has completed the training. Lenox added that he enjoyed the training and that it will benefit the local community as he will be able to serve his patients better with the additional skills he has learned during the course.
Jurgens Bence, the Acting District Manager of Gauteng EMS on the West Rand said that all EMS personnel employed by the Gauteng Department of Health will undergo training and updates to ensure that they are kept updated with the new evidence-based training in the next few months.
According to Jurgens, the provincial ambulance services recently updated their fleet and equipment to be compliant to the National EMS Regulations and the training and upskilling of the personnel will assist the provincial ambulance service to meet its vision to be the best provider of quality health services to the people of Gauteng.