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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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Staff join together to celebrate Black History Month

31 Oct 2019

Celebrating Black History Month

We are so proud to serve one of the most diverse cities in the world, and even prouder of the culture and histories of our staff, so all month we’ve been celebrating Black History Month.

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Winning the Freedom To Speak Up Index 2019 award

18 Oct 2019

We’re named the most improved NHS Trust for our freedom to speak up culture

We’ve been recognised as the most improved NHS Trust in England for our speaking up culture in the Freedom to Speak Up Index 2019 awards. 

Our FTSU Guardian, Katy said: “I’m really proud we have been presented this award. It’s not just a measure of FTSU, but reflects all the changes we’ve made to improve our response to concerns raised by our staff, managers, unions and previous guardians.”

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Perfect Day call a colleague desk

2 Oct 2019

A ‘Perfect Day’ for those in need of urgent and emergency care in north east London

On Monday 30 September, we joined our health partners in north eat London to embark on a ground-breaking event to reduce the number of people being taken unnecessarily to hospital by ambulance, while delivering better patient care and outcomes.

On the ‘Perfect Day’, just 48.9% of the 505 patients who needed assistance from 999 between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00pm needed to go to hospital, meaning that over 51% of patients were able to be treated at, or nearer to, home.

Lowering the number of patients being taken unnecessarily to hospital and treating more patients closer to home is better for patients, better for families and better for the NHS.

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999 family

20 Sep 2019

Emergency services thanked as new statistics reveal extent of abuse

Emergency services heroes will receive a ‘thank you’ for the vital job they do as figures released today reveal the scale of physical and verbal abuse they face in the line of duty.

On Friday (20 September) teams from London Ambulance Service, the Metropolitan Police Service and London Fire Brigade will mark the first ever ‘Awesome Movement Day’ celebration which calls on the public to show appreciation for their work

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"As soon as I got home from hospital I wanted to meet the ambulance men that saved my life, and say 'thank you'. I've always been very independent, and with their help i'm alive and looking after myself again."

Veronica Woolcock - Cardiac arrest patient