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Learn to save a life and discover more about your local ambulance service

3 September 2012

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (SECAmb), is inviting members of the public to take the opportunity to learn more about their local ambulance service at its annual Open Day.

This year’s event, which also includes the Trust’s AGM and Annual Members Meeting (AMM), takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey on Friday 28 September between 1.30pm and 5pm.

The day, which is open to the public, patients, local organisations and NHS partners, will provide people with a close-up look at how a modern ambulance service works and outline the Trust’s aims for the future. There will also be cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) demonstrations and a chance to speak to SECAmb’s recruitment team.

Those attending can learn about the Trust’s exciting plans with an exhibition which includes stalls on its Make Ready system, Hazardous Area Response Teams, the development it has made since being awarded the contract to provide the non-urgent 111 service across its region, Community First Responders as well as clinical developments in cardiac and stroke care.

As well as having the chance to view cutting-edge technology, visitors will be able to meet and hear from a wide range of SECAmb staff, including frontline clinicians and members of the Trust Board, and sign up as members of the Trust.

SECAmb Chief Executive Paul Sutton said: “We’d like as many people as possible to come and learn about our plans for the future. It’s always a fantastic opportunity for us to speak to members of the public, share our successes, hear what the public think of our service and answer any questions people have. It’s a very exciting time for SECAmb at the moment with a number of key developments including the continued roll out of our award-winning Make Ready system and preparations to deliver the 111 service across our region next year.” 

The AGM and AMM take place at 3pm with lunch and a chance to view the exhibition from 1.30pm. There will be a further chance to view the exhibition after the AGM until 5pm.

There is free parking and the racecourse is accessible by bus from Epsom town centre or a short taxi ride from either of two nearby train stations. The venue is fully accessible and has a hearing loop system.

Anyone who would like to attend should contact Julia Leppard (, call 01273 897870 or visit and complete the online form.

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