What Is Hatzola
Hatzola is a non-profit, volunteer organisation established in 1979 to provide pre-hospital emergency medical response and transportation at no cost, to the North London community.
Hatzola responds to over 6,000 medical emergencies per year, from minor injuries to life-threatening conditions. Famously, our response time to emergencies is within minutes – because we cherish the value of a life, and know that those vital minutes can spell the difference between life and death.
Our Links With Emergency Services
Hatzola’s operations extend to working alongside hospitals in and around the locality (such as Homerton Hospital, The Royal London Hospital and Whittington Hospital). We have a long-standing, mutually respectful working relationship, and together we help to save lives. Our ambulances are equipped with easy-access cards, and our patients are tended to with immediate attention.
In cases of road traffic accidents, building fires or in cases where we need to rely on other emergency rescue services, Hatzola works hand in hand with those organisations such as the London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service and the Metropolitan Police, to coordinate and provide professional care for casualties.
Hatzola volunteers attend weekly internal training sessions by professional medical trainers, so that their skills are kept current with developments in medical research and regulations. With the fast-paced developments in the medical field, a new, modernised training room (including upgraded ICT resources) allows for a more conducive and professional setting where volunteer members receive the level of training in an environment that is deserving of their work.
A further facet of our operations includes our responsibility to keep the community informed of safety awareness through our monthly local Bulletin, as well and the annual Hatzola publication. Future plans include the running of first aid by courses open for attendance to the wider public. With upgraded premises, we are now able to comfortably accommodate more people of all ages, including children, the elderly, and those with disabilities (wheelchair accessible and friendly). The purchase of new training equipment specific to each age group will allow us to run effective and age-appropriate training for as wide a range of people as possible.