Flight Paramedic Jason Morris

Jason is a Clinical Team Leader for the London Ambulance Service and has been an Advanced Trauma Paramedic for London’s Air Ambulance for the past six years.

“Even after all this time, when you hear the klaxon announcing a mission your heart will speed up and the adrenaline will still run. One minute you’re sitting there and the next you’re off to treat the sickest person in London,” says Jason.Jason Morris

“Within an advanced trauma paramedic’s role we have two jobs; it’s a 50/50 split between the control room and attending missions alongside a doctor.

“Yesterday I spent 12 hours in the control room sifting through the 5,000 calls looking for the types that London’s Air Ambulance would attend. Treating on average five critically injured people a day  we have one advanced trauma team for London; using a helicopter by day and rapid response cars by night. We have to send them to the right person and making those decisions can be quite challenging. The person in the control room is pivotal and without them the service wouldn’t exist.

“When we’re on duty at the helipad we start the day at 6.30am and carry out lots of checks. We have a briefing at 9am and carry out training throughout the day, doing scenarios. We’re not allowed to leave here so you have to plan your day.

“There are many in the London Ambulance Service who aspire to be a Paramedic with London’s Air Ambulance. You need to have a sense of humour here and understand that it’s going to be stressful. It is also a big commitment but it is the best job, no doubt about it.”