18 August 2014 - Star in a shark attack in new online game

A new online game invites players to create and star in their own emergency animations, including shark attacks and alien invasions.

Team999 Game

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) created the game as part of its #team999 campaign, which aims to educate the public about what can happen when calling 999 – namely that it does not always result in a response from an emergency ambulance or a trip to the emergency department.

Players can select a photo from Facebook or use the game’s standard purple character to play along. They are then invited to select a location, an injury and an unusual cause, ranging from stampedes of horses, giant icebergs, wrecking balls and eating too much junk food.

After players have decided when and how the emergency will take place, the game selects the most appropriate response to the situation, just as NWAS’ resource dispatchers do in real life.

Responses to 999 calls include advice over the phone from specialist paramedics, visit from doctors to patients in their own homes, paramedics in cars and air ambulance crews, as well as traditional emergency ambulance crews.

Chief Executive at NWAS, Bob Williams, said: “The #team999 campaign brings to life the various care options available to the ambulance service when deciding on the right care for patients.

“There is far more to the modern ambulance service than just emergency ambulances. It’s all about getting the right care for each patient and keeping ambulances free for those with life-threatening conditions.

“Through the randomiser game, we hope to raise awareness amongst younger people, in a humorous way, of what they can expect when calling on the ambulance service for help.”

The game is available to play through modern web browsers including Google Chrome v31 and Internet Explorer v8 and upwards.

Go to www.team999.nwas.nhs.uk now to play!

The game was funded by Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUN) - an additional payment framework where commissioners award funding for special, innovative projects.