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30.01.2015 12:19

20 Years of 061 Emergency Ambulance Service

The EPES-061 Public Enterprise for Health Emergencies, which has its Emergency Coordination Centre in the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS), has celebrated its twentieth birthday by highlighting the excellent service reviews it has received from the public. It has also praised a number of other organisations that collaborate with the 061 service, such as the police and healthcare services, awarding them certificates in recognition of their work.

Representatives of the organisations whose work was recognised at the event.

EPES-061 is based in the Advanced Multifunctional Centre for Simulation and Technological Innovation (CMAT) in the PTS. From the CMAT building, the Emergency Coordination Centre coordinates all the calls and requests for emergency assistance from throughout the province.

The service was set up in 1994. Its twentieth birthday celebrations took place in the CMAT and were attended by the Provincial Government Delegate, Sandra García, the Provincial Minister of Equality, Health and Social Policy, Higinio Almagro, and the managing director and provincial director of EPES-061, Luis Olavarría and Eladio Gil, respectively.

According to EPES-061 statistics, the most frequent calls are for severe trauma injuries, heart problems, acute coronary syndrome, respiratory problems, strokes and heart attacks. 59 professionals working for EPES-061 attend the emergencies that are called in: 24 doctors, 20 nurses and 15 paramedics.

During the event, in recognition of their collaboration with EPES-061, certificates were awarded to the Foundation for Technological Advancement and Professional Training (IAVANTE), the Ambulancias Alhambra ambulance consortium, the Fire Service, the Granada Metropolitan Healthcare District (which recently moved to the PTS), Granada's Specialist Hospitals, Baza County Hospital, Santa Ana Hospital in Motril, the Virgen de las Nieves General Hospital, the 112 emergency number, the Local Police, National Police and Civil Guard, and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Granada (currently putting the finishing touches to its new PTS building).