Archives (2022)

22 June 2022

Trust committed to improvements following CQC inspection

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is committed to making improvements following the publication of a CQC report rating how the Trust was led as inadequate. We are pleased the excellent care provided by our staff was recognised in the report and their kind, compassionate and supportive approach towards patients was noted. We are especially pleased to see our NHS 111 s

14 June 2022

SECAmb begins rollout of upgraded medicine dispensing machines

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has begun the rollout of a new generation of medicine-dispensing machines across its region. The new Omnicell, biometric, automated machines, are an upgrade to the original units first introduced in SECAmb in 2014 and have been heralded for good medicine governance by the CQC. A total of 16 new dispensers are being installed at key s

13 June 2022

SECAmb announces new Interim Chief Executive

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is pleased to announce the appointment of Siobhan Melia as its new Interim Chief Executive. Siobhan will be seconded from her current role as Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and will start work on 12 July 2022. SECAmb Chair, David Astley, said: “Siobhan has a strong clinical background and is an experie

31 May 2022

Celebrate safely and support the ambulance service across the Jubilee weekend

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb), is encouraging people to celebrate and enjoy the The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend safely. SECAmb is expecting to answer in the region of 10,000 calls across the four days and is also reminding people to use its services wisely. By only dialling 999 in the event of a genuine emergency and by making use of alternative non-emergenc

25 May 2022

Trust welcomes jail term following staff assault

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (SECAmb), has welcomed a custodial sentence being handed to an Ashford man who assaulted a paramedic at a Kent hospital. Kent Police was contacted on the morning of Tuesday, 15 February 2022, when the paramedic, who does not wish to be identified, was assaulted at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent. A man was arrested later the same da

18 May 2022

Trust statement on position of Chief Executive

Attributed to David Astley,  Chairman of South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (SECAmb): “Following a period of sickness, Philip Astle has decided to resign from his role as Chief Executive of SECAmb, with effect from 17 May 2022. “Dr Fionna Moore will take on the role of Interim Chief Executive for the next few weeks until further arrangements are made. “I’d like to

12 May 2022

SECAmb’s tenth Make Ready Centre to open

Ambulance crews and staff will begin moving into a brand-new ambulance centre in Surrey next week. The Make Ready Centre in The Horseshoe, Banstead, is on the site of the Trust’s former headquarters and is South East Coast Ambulance Service’s (SECAmb’s) first new-build Make Ready Centre in the county. The development boasts a fleet workshop and the Trust’s Make Ready vehicle preparation system alo

13 April 2022

Support your ambulance service this Easter Bank Holiday weekend

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb), is urging the public to use its services wisely ahead of what is expected to be a busy Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Over the course of the weekend, SECAmb is expecting to answer in excess of 10,000 calls and is reminding people of the need to make use of alternatives to calling 999 if they are not facing an emergency. This includes

4 April 2022

SECAmb and IC24 celebrated at the Healthwatch Recognition Awards

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb), along with delivery partner Integrated Care 24 (IC24), have been recognised at a prestigious award ceremony for their work to involve patients and the public in the design, procurement and implementation of the new enhanced NHS 111 service for Kent, Medway and Sussex. SECAmb and IC24 were recognised in the ‘Involving People in the C

1 April 2022

SECAmb thanks fire and rescue services for pandemic support

During the pandemic, South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) has enjoyed fantastic support from its fire and rescue colleagues from Kent, Surrey and East & West Sussex fire services. The services have supported the Trust in a number of different ways, including logistics capacity and capability, support with itstesting programme and driving ambulances to support our clinicians. While the c

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