Trust praises staff and volunteers

Eastbourne DGH and beyond in the snow from Rodmill. January 21st 2013 E04054P
Eastbourne DGH and beyond in the snow from Rodmill. January 21st 2013 E04054P

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has praised the efforts of its staff, volunteers and the support of the public during the recent snowy weather.

The Trust has continued to respond well to patients in difficult conditions and had robust plans in place ahead of the arrival of the colder weather.

Challenging driving conditions have meant that it has taken longer that it would like to reach some patients but staff and clinicians in its Emergency Operations Centres and out on the road have ensured those in most need have been prioritised and treated as quickly as possible.

Support staff and mechanics have also ensured the Trust’s vehicles and stock levels are maintained and the dedication of the SECAmb’s volunteer Community First Responders and voluntary groups including St John Ambulance, the Red Cross and local 4x4 organisations has been invaluable.

Head of Contingency Planning and Resilience at SECAmb, Andy Cashman said: “Our crews have worked tirelessly around the clock to ensure those who need our help are treated as quickly as possible.

“On behalf of the Trust, I’d like to say a very big thank you to every one of them.

“We’re also extremely thankful to all our volunteers whose support throughout the year but in particular at difficult times such as these is always second to none.”

The snow and ice, as is typical, has led to an increase in calls for slips and falls and the colder weather can also lead to other problems for elderly or vulnerable people.

SECAmb would also like to thank members of the public for their continued support and remind them of some simple advice to keep themselves and their friends and family safe and well as the colder continues during this week.