Felbridge Awards - staff zone
A sunny evening added an extra touch of
sparkle to the second and last of this year’s award ceremonies.
Held at Felbridge Hotel in East Grinstead,
more than 50 members of staff attended with their guests. The
ceremony also brought together eight volunteer drivers who had
never met before.
Several members of staff received Chief
Critical Care Paramedic Andy Hitt received one
for Clinical Excellence after he revived a 42-year-old father when
his heart had stopped beating for half an hour.
Being a father himself, Andy was inspired to
think outside his scope of practice by the patient’s young
daughter: after provisionally diagnosing a pulmonary embolism when
the patient failed to respond to intubation (invasive oxygen
therapy), Andy sought authorisation to thrombolise from Dr Jane
The patient went on to make a full recovery
with no lasting effects.
‘When I saw the patient respond so well to the
thrombolysis, it brought a lump to my throat. As a father myself, I
just kept thinking of the little girl downstairs and about doing
the very best to keep her dad alive. The award was a lovely
surprise. It’s very important to remember that I wasn’t working
Arundel Critical Care Paramedic, Shaun Baron
received an award for Outstanding Patient Care after he saved the
life of a 21-month-old baby and prevented brain damage to the baby
after a fit.
To rehydrate the baby and bring its
temperature down, Shaun’s emergency cannulation allowed the
administration of resuscitation drugs, an extremely difficult
procedure in an unwell child.
Chief Executive, Paul Sutton, praised both
clinicians. ‘The efforts of these two clinicians in these examples
is remarkable. The level of care they were able to provide through
innovative clinical practice literally saved lives and is amongst
the most advanced practice you will see performed by paramedics
anywhere in the UK.
We should all be tremendously proud of
what has been achieved through the year.’