New ambulance operations manager for Croydon

Richard Lee has been appointed as the new ambulance operations manager for the Croydon area.

The 36-year-old, who has worked for London Ambulance Service since 2003, will be responsible for overseeing four local ambulance stations—Croydon, South Croydon, Purley and New Addington.

Richard said: “Croydon is a very busy area and I want to do everything possible to further improve the service we provide local people.

“I want to find more ways of working with local residents and colleagues in the NHS, police, and fire brigade to ensure we can provide a better service not just for life-threatening calls but also less urgent emergencies.

“It is an exciting time to lead this complex of stations as a full-scale refurbishment of New Addington Ambulance Station and the permanent relocation of Purley Ambulance Station from Purley Hospital to a new facility are scheduled for this financial year.

“The Service employs almost 150 frontline and support staff within the Croydon area and I am currently working my way round listening to their experiences and ideas for moving things forward. I would also urge members of the public to email me if they have any suggestions or concerns.”

Father-of-two Richard has been a registered paramedic since 1995 and was previously ambulance operations manager for the Wimbledon area. He can be emailed at richard.lee@lond-amb.nhs.uk.

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