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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

2 June 2021

SECAmb to trial body-worn cameras to help tackle assaults against staff

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is to trial the use of body worn cameras by ambulance crews to establish if the technology can act as a deterrent against aggression and violence and aid future prosecutions. The trial, which will last 12 months, is expected to begin in the coming weeks and follows the Trust’s successful application for funding from NHS Eng

28 May 2021

Help your ambulance service manage demand this Bank Holiday weekend

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (SECAmb), is asking the public for its support ahead of what it expects to be a busy bank holiday weekend. Recent weeks have seen an increase in 999 calls to the Trust with SECAmb handling close to 70,000 calls so far in May. With more settled weather forecast for the weekend, which can typically result in further increases in call

25 May 2021

Take care and help the ambulance service this summer

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is urging people to take care to protect themselves against both the short and long-term damage the sun can cause. Calls to the ambulance service relating to dehydration and heat stroke typically increase in the summer months and higher temperatures can also seriously affect people with long-term health issues such as heart

18 May 2021

Medway paramedic recognised for outstanding service

A South East Coast Ambulance Service, (SECAmb), paramedic from Kent has been recognised with an Outstanding Service Award at this year’s Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF). Jenna Gibson, based at Medway ambulance station, picked up the award at the annual conference which was held virtually today, (Tuesday 18 May). Jenna, who has a hearing impairment, was recognised for her work at

10 May 2021

Selsey father and son thank lifesavers

A father and son from Selsey have been reunited with and thanked some of the ambulance crews, volunteers and members of the public who came to their aid after they both required resuscitating within three years of each other. Gary Bales met with the South East Coast Ambulance Service crews and community first responder who came to his aid on 12 March this year, along with his father, Bri

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