News: November 2019

George Worwood

15 Nov 2019

“Centenarian’s cake celebration” – ambulance crew celebrates WWII veteran’s 105th birthday

An ambulance crew who took a patient into hospital last month have reunited with the patient to celebrate his 105th birthday at his hospital bedside.

New Malden-based Emergency Medical Technician Sameenah Din and her crew mate attended the home of George Worwood in Surbiton earlier in October and took him to Kingston Hospital for further treatment and tests.

Upon hearing that George was likely to spend his 105th birthday (28 October) in hospital, Sameenah arranged to bring George a cake and balloons to celebrate with him on his birthday. She visited George alongside George’s nephew Nigel and Nigel’s wife Carol – and also bought along her two children Somayya and Zachariyya to meet George.

Sameenah, who has worked at London Ambulance Service for 18 years, also learned that George was a former member of the armed forces – the Royal Artillery regiment – so she had the cake decorated with the Royal Artillery flag and emblem – and poppies – to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

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14 Nov 2019

We recognise more than 2,500 years of service to the NHS at Celebration of Service event

Long-serving members of staff swapped stories and took a trip down memory lane at the biggest ever London Ambulance Service ‘Celebration of Service’ at Gibson Hall in central London yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).

A record 104 members of staff from operational and corporate roles were honoured for a combined 2,550 years helping to care for people in the capital and for their service to the NHS.

Among them 31 people who are retiring received gifts to mark their dedicated service to the London Ambulance Service and the NHS. For the first time the event celebrated staff who had newly qualified as paramedics through the Service’s academy, or completed postgraduate qualifications relevant to their work.

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Ambulance and car

6 Nov 2019

Safety warning as fireworks are aimed at our ambulance crews

On Saturday night (2 November) a firework was aimed at one of our ambulance crews who were driving on blue lights and sirens to an emergency in Finsbury Park.

The firework exploded near the windshield of the ambulance forcing the crew to swerve and perform an emergency stop. Luckily the crew weren’t treating a patient in the back of the ambulance, but the incident could have delayed or stopped them getting to a patient who needed them, or even have harmed them. 

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