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Esher and Walton MP visits front line ambulance staff

Press release - 3 September 2010

Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab gained an insight into a modern ambulance service when he visited South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) recently.
Mr Raab took time out to visit the ambulance station and Make Ready depot in Chertsey, which serves his constituency, on Wednesday 25 August.
The award-winning Make Ready initiative is aimed at improving patient safety and reducing the risk of cross infection. Depots are created where emergency vehicles are:
• regularly deep-cleaned and swabbed for the presence of micro-organisms including MRSA and CDiff.
• fully stocked to a standardised specification with drugs and equipment that might be needed in a medical emergency.
• checked for mechanical faults and potential problems on-site by vehicle maintenance experts to reduce the risk of breakdown.
These tasks are carried out by specially trained non clinical staff, freeing up ambulance clinicians (who have historically undertaken checks and cleaning of vehicles themselves) to spend more time responding to patients.
Mr Raab met paramedics working in and around the area and discussed issues facing front line clinicians.
SECAmb Paramedic and Clinical Operations Manager for the area, Steve Haire said “It was good to be able to meet Mr Raab and discuss the work of frontline staff in the area and SECAmb’s vision to improve services across our region.”
Mr Raab said:  “I was thoroughly impressed with the dedication of Steve and the whole team at Chertsey. The depot has built a reputation as a beacon of best practice – based on technological and clinical innovations, backed up by the personal commitment of frontline staff.”

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