Mobile app helps ambulance crews find patients faster

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 October 2019

People in North Somerset are being encouraged to download an app which can help emergency services pinpoint your location if you have an accident.

People in North Somerset are being encouraged to download an app which can help emergency services pinpoint your location if you have an accident.

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People in North Somerset are being encouraged to download an app which can help emergency services pinpoint your location if you have an accident.

The what3words app divides the world into 57 trillion squares, each measuring 10ft by 10ft, and each has a unique three-word address.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) adopted the mobile mapping system earlier this year.

The free app helped crews to reach a woman near Kingston Seymour who suffered a leg injury when she was pulled over by her dog.

She was treated at the scene and taken to hospital.

David Fletcher, from SWASFT, said: "We cover 10,000 square miles, including many rural and remote areas, and we can spend vital time trying to find patients.

"This system means we can narrow down that search within seconds to a three-square metre area.

"By having a three-word address we are saving time, resources and lives."

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