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Trust thanks public and volunteers for support

03 December 2010

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) has praised the dedication and support of the voluntary sector, the public and staff during the recent severe weather.

The Trust, which has been responding to patients in extremely challenging conditions, has implemented robust plans which have included calling on the support of voluntary organisations such as the Red Cross and St John Ambulance as well as a number of other 4x4 vehicle suppliers including South East 4x4 Response.

The Trust has also benefited from the help of numerous individual volunteer 4x4 drivers who have assisted in getting staff to and from work as well as helping us respond to patients and ensuring the Trust provides maximum cover across the region.

While the Trust’s efforts to get to patients have been significantly hampered due to the conditions, the commitment of its staff and volunteers, as well help provided by the public has been second to none.
SECAmb’s Director of Operations, Sue Harris said: “We would like to thank every voluntary agency and any member of the public who has provided assistance. We are extremely grateful for their support and dedication throughout this difficult time. We would also like to say a big thank you to all of our staff across all areas of the Trust who have done and are still doing a tremendous job under very difficult circumstances.”

While the number of calls SECAmb has received has not significantly increased, certain categories of calls have increased dramatically. Close to 30 per cent of all responses today, (3 December) have been to reports of falls – approximately 10 per cent increase on a typical day.

With the cold weather expected to continue throughout the weekend and into next week, SECAmb is urging people to take extra care when out and about and thanks them for their continued support at this challenging time.

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