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1 December 2020

Badge aims to make communication easier for hearing impaired staff

A paramedic with a hearing impairment has developed a new way of informing colleagues and other emergency services of hers and others disability when working. Jenna Gibson, based at Thameside ambulance station in Kent, came up with the idea which will see South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) staff with a hearing impairment be able to request a specially-designed pin badge from the

12 November 2020

Keep 999 available for emergencies this winter

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is urging people to make use of the alternatives to calling 999 when they are not facing a life-threatening or serious emergency. As the Trust continues to prepare for the colder months, it is reminding the public to support it and the wider NHS by making use of a wide range of services including NHS 111 both by phone and a

11 November 2020

Wellbeing app to offer further support for SECAmb staff and volunteers

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) staff and volunteers now have access a wellbeing app designed to support their mental health. Backup Buddy, provides an additional opportunity for staff and volunteers including Community First Responders (CFRs) to seek help and advice privately and informally on a wide range of mental health matters. SECAmb follows in the

4 November 2020

New Joint Response Unit launched in east Kent

A unit which sees Kent Specials team up with South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) has been extended with a third vehicle launched to cover the east of the county. Until recently the Joint Response Unit (JRU) had two emergency vehicles patrolling north Kent, Medway and Swale every evening and at weekends. The units are staffed by a police officer and a paramedic who jointly attend

2 November 2020

Ambulances to feature Poppy design

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) will once again show its support for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal with a special design on the side of its ambulances. Vehicles across the Trust’s fleet will carry poppy stickers with an additional 12 ambulances, across the Trust’s Kent, Sussex and Surrey region, featuring a larger remembrance design on the side.

26 October 2020

Keep safe this bonfire, firework and Diwali season

South East Coast Ambulance Service, (SECAmb), is asking people to follow safety advice and act sensibly as bonfire and fireworks night approaches. With Diwali also falling on 14 November, SECAmb wishes everyone celebrating a safe and happy Diwali. The Trust is urging everyone celebrating over the bonfire and Diwali period to follow some simple advice to stay injury free and avoid the nee

20 October 2020

Support your ambulance service – prepare for winter as clocks go back

As clocks turn back this weekend, (Sunday 25 October), and evenings draw in, South East Coast Ambulance Service, (SECAmb), is asking the public for its support by taking some simple steps to prepare for winter. Winter is always a busy time for the ambulance service but the additional pressures associated with responding to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic mean the coming months will

2 October 2020

Improvements to ambulance centre in Banstead given planning go ahead

Plans to develop a new Make Ready Centre for South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) operations in Banstead, Surrey, have been given the green light by council planners. Building work on what was formerly SECAmb’s HQ at The Horseshoe, and what will be the first purpose-built Make Ready Centre in Surrey, is expected to begin next year ahead of it becoming fully op

1 October 2020

Enhanced NHS111 service launches for Kent, Medway & Sussex

The NHS111 service in Kent, Medway and Sussex is being enhanced and patients can now expect a more robust response with the same expert advice now delivered by a wider range of healthcare professionals. GPs, paramedics, nurses, mental health professionals, dental nurses and pharmacists will be part of the enhanced NHS111 clinical assessment service which launched today (1 October 2020).

30 September 2020

Trust appoints new Non-Executive Director

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Non-Executive Director. The Trust’s Council of Governors recently passed a resolution to appoint Professor Tom Quinn to the role. Tom, who works at St George’s, University of London and Kingston University, will begin a three-year term of office on 1 October, subject to the us

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