Cycling Paramedics Launch on East Coast

14 July 2010, 14:52 | Updated: 14 July 2010, 15:00

Patients in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft could soon seen paramedics cycling to their aid.

The scheme is already a success in Norwich and could see paramedics arriving to an emergency in less then half the time it would take an ambulance.

The push bikes, which weigh approximately 45 kilos, carry the same amount of kit as a first response vehicle. They will have all the gear to treat medical conditions, save lives and even deliver a baby.

It is going to be officially launched Saturday July 17, helping with the busy summer period, working seven days a week from 10am to 8pm.

The units will be back up with ambulances where necessary.

The scheme is mostly funded by charitable donations and there will be one bike in each of the towns.

Tim Hickey helped set up the scheme.

He said: “A lot of holiday makers come to the area and they don’t know where to get help. They can come up to us and ask us about their health, say hello or ask us anything the ambulance service.”

If you’re interested in making a donation or want more information, you can contact Waveney Cycle Response Unit on 01493 444293.