Bike medics off the road

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PARAMEDICS on bikes are being taken off the city centre streets in Sheffield - although the service will continue further north in the region.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has taken the Lifecycle quick response service off the road in Sheffield as well as in Leeds and Hull. But the initiative will continue to operate in Harrogate and York.

All staff affected have been re-seconded to traditional ambulances and rapid response vehicles. The moves follows a review by the trust of its staff and resources.

Paul Mudd, director of operations, said: “We’ve suspended service for the time being. We are looking at all resources to get the most efficient use.” He said resources and patient demand would continue to be reviewed and he did not rule out the service being brought back in the future.

The cycle response units use adapted bikes that carry medical equipment in panniers and are designed to navigate quickly through pedestrianised and built-up areas.