Archives (2022)

20 December 2022

Trust declares Critical Incident as pressure on services continues

SECAmb took a decision yesterday evening, (Monday 19 December), to declare a Critical Incident. This decision was taken following a period of more than a week of sustained pressure across both our 999 and 111 services which has significantly impacted on our ability to respond to patients. We would like to thank all our staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment

16 December 2022

Stay safe and support SECAmb this Christmas

With just one final weekend before Christmas, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (SECAmb), is urging people to plan ahead and follow some simple advice to keep themselves and others safe. SECAmb is facing currently facing significant pressure on both its 999 and 111 services and in the two-week period last year, (20 December 2021 – 2 January 2022), answered close to

15 December 2022

Forthcoming industrial action

In the South East Coast Ambulance Service region, the GMB Union balloted members for industrial action and met the legal threshold to take action. GMB issued a formal notice for strike action for 21 December (06:00 to 23:59) & 28 December (00:01 to 23:59) 2022. Following the announcement of industrial action, we have worked closely with our unions and all staff to ensure that the imp

29 November 2022

Hastings hoax caller jailed for 999 threats and abuse

A man who made thousands of hoax calls to the police and ambulance service in Sussex has been jailed. Paul Hennessy made almost 2,000 calls to the SECAmb between January 1, 2021 and June 6, 2022. Some of the c

22 November 2022

Congratulations to our new governors!

Following recent elections, we’d like to welcome five new governors onto our Council of Governors. Congratulations to the following new Public Governors – Amanda Cool, Colin Hall and Barbara Wallis elected in the Upper East ((Medway/ Kent/ East London) constituency and P

21 November 2022

Birchington woman thanks life-saving ambulance crew

A woman from Birchington has thanked the ambulance team who came to her aid when she collapsed while on a cliff top walk. Patricia Seager, 68, collapsed when walking her dog with a friend, Marguerite Whitling, in Minnis Bay on the morning of 17 September after suddenly feeling unwell. The pair met with the ambulance team at Thanet Make Ready Centre in Ramsgate last week. South Eas

18 November 2022

Updated statement on Trust IT system issues

Updated statement – Friday 18 November – 5pm SECAmb Strategic Commander, Nick Keech: “We are pleased that, following the IT issues experienced by the Trust last week, and a period of operating our Computer Aided Dispatch, (CAD), from our East Emergency Operations Centre in Coxheath, Kent, all of our systems are now functioning fully. This follows an extensive test

16 November 2022

Whoever you’re cheering on – support Team SECAmb

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is asking the public for its support ahead of the World Cup beginning this week. England and Wales kick off their campaigns on Monday, (21 November), and later face each other in the group stage on the evening of Tuesday 29 November. In previous football tournaments, SECAmb has typically seen an increase in demand af

14 November 2022

Paying our respects on Remembrance Sunday

This year’s Remembrance Sunday saw us provide 86 SECAmb wreaths to be laid at services across our region – the highest number ever. Members of staff and volunteers, including operational and Emergency Operation Centre colleagues and many Community First Responder teams, took part in services in local towns and villages to mark Remembrance Sunday and to remember the service an

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