Hastings Quinte Paramedic Services (HQPS) provides land ambulances services to Hastings and Prince Edward Counties along with the two cities of Belleville and Quinte West. Our main headquarters are located in Belleville with additional 24 hour, 7 days a week paramedic stations located in Quinte West, Madoc, Bancroft and Picton and a 12 hour post in Tweed. The service compromises of approximately 150 Advanced and Primary Care paramedics who responded to over 35,000 calls in 2018.
Select members of our paramedic team work collaboratively with police services forming an Emergency Response Team (ERT)
Our specially equipped all-terrain vehicle allows paramedics to provide patient care in difficult and remote areas.
As we continue to strive to be on the leading edge of paramedicine, the paramedic service has added Drones in order to support decision making during Emergency Operations. Drones are capable of streaming live images during mass casualty incidents increasing our situational awareness and guiding decisions on resource allocation. Thermal imaging cameras can help locate patients in remote areas with the possibilities of delivering life saving medications to those in need.
Community Paramedics help address the unique healthcare needs of frequent users of the paramedic service and local Emergency Departments. These specially trained paramedics visit patients in their homes, providing out-of-hospital treatments and helping to decrease the strain on local Emergency Departments. Community Paramedics also conduct wellness clinics, engage in remote patient monitoring and participate in research initiatives design to re-shape the way we think about pre-hospital medicine. As we continue to fight the pandamedic, paramedics have played an integral role at Covid-19 assessment centers, long-term care facilities, pop-up clinics and in-home swabbing.