St John has "improved and completely refreshed" its online payment system, making it possible for islanders to sign up for or renew their ambulance subscription scheme from home.
Paper forms will still be available for those who require or prefer them, but there will be no need to complete one or visit the ambulance station in order to sign up for a 2021 St John Ambulance subscription.
People are able to apply for the 2021 ambulance subscription anytime between now and the end of the year. St John will reach out to existing members in writing before the end of the month, and those who like to join can find out more information on the charity’s website.
The new online system was developed by Resolution IT; Business Solutions Architect Dave Wratten explained some of the work that went into it.
“Over the last couple of months, I worked with St John and created several web apps to provide an up-to-date solution for their subscription process," he said. "This included the self-service portal allowing members of the public to renew their subscription from home, without having to fill out any paper forms.”
Pictured: An ambulance subscription costs £36 per year for a single adult and £85 for a family; but without an ambulance subscription or adequate insurance, a single trip can cost you £380.
The team also built an ‘Optical Character Recognition’ programme, which extracts the data from paper applications and automatically processes it, reducing the administrative burden on the St John team.
“I would strongly recommend joining the St John Subscription Scheme,” said St John Chief Financial Officer Stuart Brennan.
“For as little as £36 for an adult, you are covered for unlimited emergency ambulance calls for a whole year, and will avoid a charge of £380, so it gives you peace of mind in the unfortunate event that you need our help.”
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