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21 Oct 2020

Episode 6 of ‘Ambulance’ highlights the growing pressure on ambulance staff responding to mental health patients

The sixth episode of award-winning BBC One documentary ‘Ambulance’ follows London Ambulance Service staff and volunteers as they deal with a rising number of patients suffering from mental ill-health.

Mental health incidents across the capital have been steadily rising each year. In 2017 London Ambulance Service recorded over 94,500 incidents where mental health was an aspect. This increased again in 2018 to over 97,600 mental health incidents.

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Stuart and Rachel in the cab of an ambulance

8 Oct 2020

BBC documentary star reveals how heartbreak led him to join London Ambulance Service

Viewers of the award-winning TV show Ambulance on Wednesday night were moved by emergency ambulance crew Stuart’s story about his dad’s death.

In the episode, aired on 7 October 33-year-old Stuart Griffiths is shown rushing to a suspected cardiac arrest alongside his crewmate paramedic Rachel.

Three years ago, Stuart’s dad collapsed and stopped breathing. His mum gave him CPR until paramedics from London Ambulance Service arrived.

Medics were not able to save Stuart’s dad – who was only 57 – but the efforts they made and the care they showed the grieving family, changed Stuart’s life. Within weeks of his dad dying Stuart began enquiring about working for London Ambulance Service. He joined as call handler in the 999 control room less than six months later.

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Tracy in uniform

7 Oct 2020

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Tracy’s story

A London Ambulance Service medic who survived breast cancer is calling on women – and men – to be aware of the importance of checking for lumps.

Tracy, a trainee Emergency Ambulance Crew who has been working with our new ‘Wellbeing Hub’ since the beginning of September, was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2018, aged 43.

Tracy had found a lump in her breast and booked a doctor’s appointment immediately. She received treatment over the course of a year, including chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy.

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Tracy wants to remind women (and men, as breast cancer affects men too, in rare cases) to regularly check their breasts for lumps or any other changes.

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Karina and Georgina in cab

24 Sep 2020

Service’s End of Life Care team raises funds for Macmillan Coffee Morning

Our End of Life Care team has been travelling across the capital to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support – serving coffee and cakes and talking to colleagues about palliative care.

The Service partnered with Macmillan Cancer Support in 2018 to provide our staff and volunteers with specialist training to ensure that terminally ill people get care that meets their needs but respects their wishes. As part of this, Macmillan funded three roles in our End of Life Care (EOLC) team.

The team held a series of socially-distanced coffee mornings at hospitals and London Ambulance Service sites on Thursday 24 September ahead of the charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday.

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21 Sep 2020

A message from the Chief Executive

It is with immense sadness that I have to announce the death of our friend and colleague Reverend Simon Woodmore, who passed away on Saturday afternoon (19 September) after suffering with a stroke earlier in the week.

He was 51 years old. Simon joined the London Ambulance Service in 1991 and served more than 29 years.

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