London Ambulance Service marks International Nurses Day

12 May 2016

Today is International Nurses Day and we want to thank our team of 94 dedicated nurses who work across the organisation.

Last year, the Service was the first ambulance trust in the country to employ specialist mental health nurses to help our ambulance crews respond to incidents involving patients with mental health problems. We also employ midwives to support women in labour.

This initiative is one of the many examples of how our nurses work in our emergency operations control room to support frontline ambulance crews and call handlers. They also offer advice to patients with less serious injuries and illnesses.

Clinical Nurse Advisor, Naz Virgo, has worked for the Service, alongside our call handlers at HQ, since January 2015. She said:

“Working for the Service as a nurse is an interesting change from hospital care and I enjoy treating patients in a different way. I feel a real sense of achievement when I have supported the patient and their family, or have provided the appropriate response which then helps a GP referral.”

Deputy Director of Quality and Nursing, Briony Sloper, said:

“Nurses play a vital role within the Service, bringing a different perspective and knowledge base, which offers comprehensive care for patients. They work closely alongside paramedics, providing specialist advice on patient diagnosis and many areas, including mental health and gynaecology.

“Our consultant midwife trains staff and advises on challenging obstetric emergencies and community nurses work with paramedics to try to reduce unnecessary emergency department attendances for older and more frail people.”


Notes to editors:

  • A total of 5,961 mental health calls were responded to by mental health nurses between April 2015 and March 2016
  • London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest emergency ambulance service in the UK that provides healthcare that is free to patients at the time they receive it
  • We have over 4,500 staff, who work across a wide range of roles based in 70 ambulance stations. We serve more than seven million people who live and work in the London area.
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