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16 May 2024

Brighton father grateful to reconnect with crew who saved his life

A husband and father of two from Brighton who suffered a heart attack while playing football earlier this year has reconnected with the ambulance service colleagues who helped to save his life. David Payne, now 56 from Brighton, was playing football at his local club on the evening of 24 January 2024 when he started to experience some discomfort and pain. David stepped off the pitch to rest, and h

15 May 2024

Whitstable man reunites with heroes who saved his life

A young man from Whitstable, Kent who suffered a severe head injury in May 2023 was recently reunited with three ambulance service colleagues who helped to save his life. A year on from the incident, Robert King, now aged 29, visited South East Coast Ambulance Service’s (SECAmb) Ashford Make Ready Centre in Kent. Alongside his mother, Jackie, and father, Alan, Robert met with Finlay Pengelly, Stud

10 May 2024

Emergency Medical Advisors complete National Three Peaks challenge

Two South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) Emergency Medical Advisors successfully completed the National Three Peaks Challenge on Friday, 3 May in an impressive 23 hours 6 minutes and 17 seconds. Ella Burgess and Chris LeRoy completed the colossal challenge 54 minutes and 43 seconds ahead of their goal time of 24 hours, all in support of the charity, SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Char

10 May 2024

International recruitment boosts SECAmb nursing numbers

A successful international recruitment campaign will see more than 20 nurses join South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb). The nurses will join a more than 60-strong nursing team working alongside paramedics to provide clinical advice to patients in SECAmb’s 999 and NHS 111 operations centres in Crawley and Gillingham. Following a worldwide recruitment campaign, SECAmb has

9 May 2024

Partnerships helping to deliver care at home and reduce hospital admissions

More patients across the region are receiving specialist care in their own homes instead of being admitted to hospital as the ambulance service continues to develop stronger links to multi-disciplinary Urgent Community Response (UCR) teams. Over the past year, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has been working in a phased approach with teams across its region, which

26 April 2024

Crawley cardiac arrest survivor thanks ambulance team

A Crawley man has been reunited with a number of the ambulance team who helped save his life a year on from suffering a cardiac arrest. Retired Health and Safety Officer, Dave Mortimer, 67, visited South East Coast Ambulance Service’s Make Ready Centre in Crawley this week to pass on his thanks in person for the team’s effort. Dave was accompanied by Nicky Carr and Steve Grant, who as an off-duty

26 April 2024

Paramedic completes epic mountaineering expedition

A South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) has achieved an extraordinary feat by conquering one of the most challenging ski mountaineering expeditions in the world, all in support of The Intensive Care Society. On Tuesday, 9 April, Paddock Wood CCP, Jim Walmsley, together with his team, completed the Patrouille des Glaciers, covering a total of more than 70km of up

25 April 2024

Dartford heart attack survivor reunites with lifesaving crew

A father from Dartford who suffered a heart attack at his home has been reunited with the two ambulance service colleagues who helped save his life. Ian Harris, 52, from Dartford, Kent was washing his car at his home on the evening of 20 May, 2023, when he started to feel pain and discomfort in his hands, as well as coming over flustered and dizzy. Through his many years of watching 999 programmes

18 April 2024

New Director of Quality & Nursing appointed

We are pleased to confirm that Margaret Dalziel has been appointed into the substantive role of Executive Director of Quality & Nursing, following a competitive recruitment process. Margaret joined SECAmb in April 2022, initially as the Deputy Director of Quality & Nursing and for the last 12 months, has been the Interim Director She is a paediatric nurse and leader who has worked in the N

18 April 2024

Mental Health Listening Service – Topic of discussion at the next Community Forum

The Trust’s next community forum will be an opportunity for the public and patients to learn more and share their views. The virtual Community Forum, which is open to anyone who has an interest in attending, will take place on Wednesday, 24 April from 6pm until 7.30pm. During this session, Community Resilience Lead, Tara Burn, will be speaking on her NHS England Fellowship project looking at the p

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