Patients and staff reunited in SECAmb’s second survivors’ event
26 September 2012
Eight patients whose lives were saved by the clinical interventions
of SECAmb staff were reunited with their lifesavers on Sunday 23
The event, held at Woodlands Park Hotel near Cobham, Surrey
recognised the life-saving skills of SECAmb staff, celebrated the
lives of everyone SECAmb has helped save and emphasised the
importance of early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Along with SECAmb chief executive Paul Sutton and Chairman Tony
Thorne, staff were able to hear each patient’s amazing recovery
A moving short film telling each patient’s story has been made
and uploaded to YouTube. It can be found by searching for ‘SECAmb
Survivors 2012’ or via the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIW0GdODs1g
While paying tribute to SECAmb staff and celebrating each
patient’s recovery, the film also aims to encourage more people to
understand the importance of learning CPR and basic life
Also attending the event and receiving a small token of the
Trust’s appreciation for their outstanding contribution to SECAmb
were Consultant Cardiologist Professor Douglas Chamberlain, and
Paramedic Dave Fletcher.
Douglas Chamberlain’s contribution to the development in cardiac
care cannot be underestimated. Among his long list of achievements
was a revolutionary move in the early 1970s to train ambulance
personnel to become skilled technicians in resuscitation - a move
which led to the introduction of the UK’s first paramedics.
Dave was among the first cohort of these new clinicians. He
worked closely with Douglas throughout his career to improve
out-of-hospital resuscitation survival rates across SECAmb’s region
of Sussex, Surrey and Kent and from early on in his career acquired
a reputation as one of best pre-hospital clinicians.
Earlier this year he became one of just five ambulance personnel
across the UK to be put forward to receive a Queen’s Ambulance
Service Medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours - the first
year the medal has been awarded. He was nominated for his
commitment and pioneering work on resuscitation at SECAmb with
Professor Chamberlain which led to the introduction of a new
resuscitation technique, Protocol C, across the Trust.
He is set to receive his honour in November.
The compressions-only CPR, supported by early defibrillation,
has hugely improved outcomes for patients across SECAmb’s region of
Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
Chief Executive, Paul Sutton said: “This event was once
again a tremendous opportunity to recognise and pay tribute to our
highly-skilled staff and at the same time celebrate the lives which
have been saved as a result. These stories are just a few examples
of the many successes which take place across our region every
“SECAmb is just one part of these patients’ amazing recoveries but
without the calm advice of our staff on the phones in our emergency
operations centres, the actions of our clinicians at the scene and
indeed the quick-thinking of members of the public to provide vital
life-saving CPR in the minutes before our arrival, many lives would
not be saved. We want to encourage everyone to take the time to
learn how to save a life.
“I’d also like to pay tribute and personally thank Douglas
Chamberlain and Dave Fletcher for the commitment and dedication
they have given the ambulance service over so many years.”
Survivors’ Event 2012 stories:
John Munn, Maidstone, Kent
Lisa Corke, Minster (Sheppey), Kent
Linda Bedson, Shoreham-by-sea, West Sussex
Carol Good, Crawley, West Sussex
Paul King, Brighton, East Sussex
Bronwen Drake, Farnborough, Surrey
Joe Goodchild, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Sarah Fyander, Guildford, Surrey
Link to this year's booklet: http://www.secamb.nhs.uk/about_us/our_successes.aspx