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Gary and Fabio stood in front of an ambulance car with The Shard in background

22 Sep 2020

Episode 2 of ‘Ambulance’ shows the contribution of voluntary Emergency Responders

The episode, airing on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One, goes behind the scenes of two busy weekend shifts where LAS faces the challenges of Extinction Rebellion protests and People’s Vote marches and an IT systems outage which means the Service’s Emergency Operations Centre control room teams must use pen and paper to take down information from 999 callers.

Filmed in the autumn of 2019, viewers will see the variety of what a weekend day shift can bring for the country’s busiest ambulance service – from advanced paramedic Kevin responding to a cardiac arrest to crewmates Emily and Laura treating a 100-year-old who has fallen. All this while protests across central London pose the challenge of how crews can ensure they reach patients quickly.

Viewers will also see Gary and Fabio – two of around 150 LAS Emergency Responders (ERs) – on shift. Retired police officer Gary and Fabio – who works in finance – volunteer their spare time responding to patients in the capital.

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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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Jennie sitting with her treats from the tea truck

16 Jul 2020

Croydon medic up for Health Hero Award

Jennie Clayton, a medic based in Croydon, set up a mobile tuck shop on her days off and distributed donations from the public – from drinks and snacks to loaves from the bakery – to her colleagues.

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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