The extended care paramedic (ECP) service allows patients to be treated at home or in their home surrounds, without being transported to a hospital emergency department if it is not necessary.
An ECP is an SA Ambulance Service intensive care paramedic who has undergone intensive skills enhancement and training. ECPs can treat patients for a range of common medical issues and refer patients to other health providers such as GPs if needed.
With this service, an ECP assesses the patient’s requirements through phone consultation and dispatches an ECP single responder in an ambulance response vehicle as opposed to a traditional stretcher-carrying ambulance.
For information, you can view the ECP fact sheet.