Supporting the NHS

November 10, 2021

As we move into winter, First Care will continue to fulfil patient transport demand on behalf of the NHS.

Demand for patient transport will always increase as the NHS enters its busiest period. Two extra First Care vehicles have been sourced on a six month rental contract to ensure we can meet any increases in demand. Additional vehicles will be assigned to which ever Devon Hospital is needing extra transport resource.


First Care 4×4 Vehicles

September 27, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic GP’s have been working under great pressure to deliver services whilst minimising Covid risks. The winter period always see’s increasing demand and First Care will once again be supporting GP practices in North Devon to deliver services.

First Care Paramedics will be making home visits delivering a triage service and working closely with GP practices to deliver the best outcome for patients.

From October 4×4 vehicles will be available if winter weather conditions prove challenging in rural locations.


Events are starting to return

July 29, 2021

As Covid-19 restrictions start to relax, events are seeing a welcome return. First Care has provided Covid secure medical cover for athletics events in Exeter and the popular craft Fair at Westpoint in the last few weeks.

Feel free to contact one of the First Care team to discuss requirements at your future event, or find out more about Event Medical Services.

Minor Injuries Unit in Ilfracombe

July 19, 2021

First Care provides a Minor Injuries Unit for residents in North Devon

With a significant number of holiday makers expected to visit North Devon this summer, First Care is operating a Minor Injuries service at Ilfracombe Hospital every weekend. This will provide a service for residents and holiday makers in the Ilfracombe area and help alleviate demand at North Devon District A&E Department.

Early mornings & late nights

June 18, 2021

The First Care Team see early morning starts to repatriate Devon residents from across the UK. Working into the night ensures patients can get home from A&E rather than spend a night in hospital which is preferable for all involved.

Contact us to book or enquire.

First Care in high demand

May 3, 2021

As the UK presses ahead with the vaccination programme, the NHS is addressing the backlog of medical procedures and consultations caused by the pandemic.

Demand for patient transport is now higher than any time in the last five years.

Patient transport efficiency can impact on a patients experience when visiting or leaving hospital and a well planned service ensures that hospitals can rely on their plans to meet patient needs.

Over the last two months First Care has increased ambulance capacity by 15% in order to meet rising demand.

State-of-the-art Stand aid hoist

March 24, 2021

First Care completes 60,000 patient journeys every year with patient safety and dignity being the overarching features of our service.

In order to continue adding to the quality of service, we have recently invested in a state-of-the-art stand aid hoist. Purpose built in France, the hoist allows patients who cannot weight-bare to safely transfer in a wide range of settings in order to access our vehicles. With a maximum capacity of 330kgs, all patients are accommodated.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

First Care Provide 24 hour Mental Health Transport

February 16, 2021

The pandemic has been with us for twelve months and there is clear evidence that this has had an impact on mental health and wellbeing.

First Care Ambulance is working with Devon Partnership Trust to ensure that for those suffering an episode of mental health illness can be quickly and safely moved to a treatment centre. Specially trained staff are on duty 24/7 to respond to urgent transport needs.

Find out more about First Care Mental Health Transport

HCPC Paramedics – Flexible bank opportunities

February 2, 2021

The role will require you to transport high dependency patients to and from treatment centres in a safe, compassionate and timely manner to defined standards. This includes transferring patients to hospitals outside of the South West. This role is based in Exeter.

Key elements of the role:

  • Maintain high standards of patient care.
  • Support the delivery of a responsive service.
  • Effective team working.
  • Provide a compliant and safe service, utilising skills and experience.
  • Maintain accurate and timely reporting.

Requirements for this role at First Care Ambulance:

  • HCPC registration paramedics.
  • Good people skills including a polite and friendly manner.
  • Excellent driving skills & a clean licence (no more than 3 points)
  • Minimum of 2 years experience.

In return for your time & hard work First Care will provide:

  • Competitive pay rates
  • Free uniform
  • Training & development

Please EMAIL a covering letter and a C.V. for the attention of Diana Littlejohns
if you require further information Tel: 01392 438522 / Option 1

Patient safety is always the first priority

January 14, 2021

Despite all ambulance services across the UK facing great pressures due to the current pandemic, First Care continues to maintain transportation target times. Healthcare is still available for routine and elective appointments and patient transport continues as usual whilst recognising all the Covid rules and restrictions.

Patient safety is always the first priority. Strict PPE and infection control measures are in place across all our transport services.

National Lockdown Guidance