Medical first responders in Huron County are buying into a new concept of front-line care that can sometimes prevent patient visits to area emergency rooms.
Emergency Medical Services Deputy-Chief Jeff Horseman tells Bayshore Broadcasting News that $6 million in funding for the Community Paramedicine Program was introduced by the province in January.
Horseman says an application to fund the initiative in our area is being shared by Huron, Perth and Bruce Counties.
He says the money would be used to train ambulance personnel in recognition of certain illnesses or conditions where patients don't necessarily have to go to the hospital.
Horseman says patients can recuperate at home while cutting down on emergency room traffic.
The EMS Deputy-Chief briefed County Councillors on the program during a recent Committee of the Whole meeting.