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11 January 2022

Statement on sentencing of two former members of staff at Canterbury Crown Court

Two former members of staff were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court today (11 January). Full details of their crimes are available here: Thieves jailed for stealing vital medication from patients’ homes | Kent Police Dr Fionna Moore, Medical Dir

6 January 2022

Trust statement on fatal collision involving ambulance

It is with huge sadness that we confirm the death of a paramedic involved in a collision on the A21 yesterday evening (5 January 2022). South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) was yesterday (5 January 2022) called to the scene of a road traffic collision on the southbound carriageway of the A21 near Tonbridge at 8.20pm.  The collision involved a Trust ambulance a

1 January 2022

Service thanks staff and volunteers – Support your ambulance service in 2022

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) would like to thank its staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment throughout the festive and New Year period and is asking the public for their continued support in 2022. Between 8pm on New Year’s Eve and 3am on New Year’s Day, SECAmb answered 985 999 calls – a slight increase on 2019 and a more than 20% incre

20 December 2021

What’s left to do on your Christmas list? Support SECAmb this festive season

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is urging people to carry out a final check of their Christmas lists to ensure they have done everything to protect themselves and others this Christmas. While picking up the turkey and those last-minute gifts are sure to feature, people are also urged to get a covid vaccine or booster as soon as they are able to and also e

13 December 2021

Make use of NHS 111 and help yourself and the ambulance service this winter

With more than 6,000 999 calls to South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) not requiring an ambulance response each month, people are urged to consider whether their concerns could be more appropriately managed by the NHS 111 service. NHS 111, which SECAmb operates itself across Sussex, Kent and Medway, is available by phoning 111 or by visiting 111.nhs.uk online. Regardless of the me

30 November 2021

Make the right choice this winter

With a record number of 999 calls answered in October, the ambulance service is urging people to make the right choices to help it manage demand this winter. South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) answered approximately 89,000 calls in October – a call every 30 seconds and an increase of more than 20,000 on the number of calls the Trust answered in October 2019

29 November 2021

SECAmb appoints new Executive Director of Quality and Nursing

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director of Quality and Nursing. Robert Nicholls will join the Trust in February replacing current Director, Bethan Eaton-Haskins, who announced her decision to leave the Trust earlier this year. A nurse since 1993, Robert has held a number of senior roles in

17 November 2021

Trust statement regarding IT issues – update at 23.15 on 17 November

Update at 23.15 17 November A South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) spokesperson said: “We are pleased to confirm that all of our IT systems are now functioning fully. “As a result, we have stood down the Critical Incident declared earlier today. “We’d like to extend a massive thank you to our staff and volunteers for their ou

12 November 2021

Canterbury cardiac arrest survivor thanks ambulance team

A man from Barham, near Canterbury who required seven shocks from a defibrillator to restart his heart has been reunited with the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) team who saved his life. Mike Ferguson, 54, is also warning others not to ignore the potential signs of a heart problem after his partner, Helena, called 999 when his chest pain, which he had experienced for some fou

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