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26 July 2021

Executive Director announces decision to leave the NHS

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust’s (SECAmb) Executive Director of Nursing and Quality has accepted a new position outside the Trust. Bethan Eaton-Haskins, who has also been SECAmb’s Lead Director for COVID-19, has decided to take up a new role outside of the NHS. The Trust is working to finalise Bethan’s leaving date. Bethan has made a significant contributi

25 July 2021

People across South East urged to make use of 111 online for medical advice

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is encouraging the public to use NHS 111 online for medical advice, with demand for 999 calls increasing and ambulance staff helping more patients. The 111 Online service offers patients quick advice on the best option for them to get the care they need, including getting a call back from a trained clinician or nurse, booki

16 July 2021

Help ambulance service manage demand

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is reminding people for the need to take care in the sun with the return of warmer weather and ahead of the start of the school summer holidays. People are also urged to be sensible as coronavirus restrictions are eased from next week and to be mindful of the impact their actions can have on the ambulance service. SE

9 July 2021

Support Team SECAmb – Make the right call

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) received 50 per cent more 999 calls in the hour after England’s semi-final victory than the previous hour. The Trust saw a dip in demand during the hours of the game with 99 calls received between 9pm and 10pm on Wednesday (July 7) but an increase to 150 calls between 10pm and 11pm. With the post-match spike not thou

6 July 2021

Support Team SECAmb – don’t score an own goal

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is asking the public for its support ahead of what is expected to be a busy week. With England taking on Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 on Wednesday evening, people are urged to be sensible and be aware of the impact their actions can have on the ambulance service and wider NHS. In the week of the NHS’s 73

2 July 2021

Air ambulance tribute to retiring SECAmb paramedic

A South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) paramedic who was part of the first air ambulance crew to fly out of Rochester in 1989 has been recognised for her more than 37 years’ service. Penny Scrimgeour, who retired from SECAmb this week, was given a fitting tribute by Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex, (KSS), along with hospital colleagues as the charity’s crew flew into Tunbrid

1 July 2021

Hold a ‘Big Tea’ Party this summer to raise funds for our SECAmb charity

The public are being encouraged to join the biggest tea break this summer to raise funds for NHS charities – including South East Coast Ambulance Service’s own charity – and say a big thank you to the NHS. #NHSBigTea is taking place on 5 July, the NHS’s 73rd birthday. It’s a national celebration of NHS sta

25 June 2021

Paramedic’s ‘cycle cycle’ fundraising for hospital exercise equipment

A South East Coast Ambulance Service paramedic from Worthing, diagnosed with cancer, is cycling while receiving his treatment to raise money to fund additional exercise equipment for Worthing Hospital. Daniel Boardman, 30, (no relation to Chris!), was diagnosed with lymphoma at the start of the year and has been undergoing cycles of chemotherapy at the hospital. During the session

15 June 2021

SECAmb appoints new Executive Director

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director. David Ruiz-Celada will join the Trust as Executive Director of Planning and Business Development later this year in September. The role comes with an extensive portfolio including system forecasting and planning to ensure the Trust’s Operations Direc

11 June 2021

SECAmb Medical Director named in Queen’s Birthday Honours

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (SECAmb), is delighted that its Medical Director, Dr Fionna Moore, has been named in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours to receive a prestigious Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal, (QAM). Fionna has enjoyed a distinguished and lengthy career in the ambulance service spanning more than 20 years. As one of the UK’s longest serving Eme

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