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New recruits find a home in Homerton

The London Ambulance Service has welcomed the arrival of eight new recruits to its City and Hackney Complex. The newly qualified emergency medical technicians will join the existing 100-strong team at ambulance stations in Homerton, Shoreditch and Smithfield in responding to emergency calls.

The new staff have recently graduated from the Service’s training centre in Ilford. They have completed an intensive 21-week course, providing them with the essential skills needed to deal with all aspects of pre-hospital emergency and urgent care.

The course, which includes 16 weeks’ classroom study followed by five weeks’ supervised operational training, prepares new recruits for every eventuality. They are taught anatomy and physiology; patient care and people skills; how to deal with medical and traumatic emergencies; how to respond to major incidents; and advanced driving skills. So whether it’s treating someone who has fallen off a ladder or delivering a baby, they are ready for life on the road.

Assistant Director of Operations for East London, Richard Webber, said: “We are delighted to welcome these new members of staff to the City and Hackney Complex. Over the last year we have seen a four per cent increase in the number of emergency incidents in this part of London and the introduction of new staff will help us deal with demand and ensure that our high standards of patient care are maintained.”

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