4 August 2014
London Ambulance Service cycle paramedics at
Heathrow Airport will be celebrating 10 years of treating patients
and saving lives on Wednesday (August 6).
The Heathrow Cycle Response Unit (CRU) is made up of 15
life-saving paramedics who respond to 999 calls by bike at the
world’s busiest airport.
A ceremony will take place at Terminal 2, The Queen’s Terminal to
mark the anniversary with VIP guests, survivor airport worker
Graham Clark who owes his life to the unit, and medic Mick
Nine years ago to the day, on 6 August the British Airways
worker was at work at Heathrow’s Terminal One when he began to
suffer severe pain in his chest and arms. Within seconds he lost
consciousness and stopped breathing.
Within seconds of the 999 call being made, cycle medic Mick Hampson
had reached Graham and was able to re-start his heart after three
attempts, using the portable defibrillator, that is carried on
Mick said, "I was definitely in the right place at the right
time. The fact that we are based here and I was able to get to him
so quickly most probably made the difference between life and
Graham, who still works at Heathrow, who is attending the
ceremony on Wednesday with his two grandchildren, said: “All I can
remember is saying to my colleagues that my chest and arm hurt.
After that, everything went blank.”
He added: “I’m so grateful to Mick and my colleagues. It’s as if
I’ve been given a second chance.”
Mick and Graham will be reunited at T2 to receive, on behalf of
London Ambulance Service, a brand new cycle responder bike donated
by Heathrow Airport Limited.
London Ambulance Service's Cycle Response Unit Manager, Tom
Lynch MBE, said: “I want to congratulate and thank the dedicated
Heathrow CRU team who do a vital job keeping Heathrow staff
and its daily 191,000 passengers visitors safe and well.
“Overall, a total of 42,000 patients have been treated by the team
and over 4,000 of them have been of a serious nature
including cardiac-related problems. This is, to my knowledge, the
world’s first full time airport bicycle ambulance unit and the only
such service in the UK.”
Since 2004, thousands of people with relatively minor complaints
through to life-threatening conditions have been cared for. Back in
2004-5, the total number of incidents the cycle paramedics attended
stood at 473, and for 2013-14, had increased to 5,915.
Up to 75 per cent of patients now - compared to 34 per
cent back in 2004 - are treated on scene, meaning the
medic team deals with the incident alone, saving on the use of
vital ambulance crews.
Mike Evans, Health and Safety Director at Heathrow said:
“Keeping our passengers and everyone who works here safe is a core
value for us. We are pleased to celebrate the anniversary of London
Ambulance Service at Heathrow in this entrepreneurial partnership.
Heathrow is proud to present this world class team with a new
medically equipped bike to help take care for our future
Notes to editors:
- Media is welcome to attend the ceremony on the departures
level, T2, at 1.30pm on
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