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Paramedic, firefighter, Mayor of London, police officer and LAS chief operating officer in front of a row of ambulances

22 Jan 2021

Mayor thanks London Ambulance Service and partners working together on Covid-19 front line this winter

In a socially-distanced visit, Mr Khan met call handlers, dispatchers and clinicians from the 999 control room, ambulance crews, fleet workshop teams and blue-light partners from the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade to express his appreciation to those working at this time of unprecedented demand for our services.

The Mayor began his tour of the ambulance headquarters in the workshop area where he met some of the team maintaining our fleet and helping us keep ambulances on the road. He was introduced to a firefighter and police officer, from among 200 people who were trained to drive ambulances and help medics. He also heard the experience of two paramedics who described working at a time that has seen our crews caring for more patients each day than at any time in our history.

Mr Khan then headed to a control room to speak to 999 call handlers, dispatchers and clinical staff who must prioritise resources and manage the care of patients waiting for an ambulance at peak times.

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8 Jan 2021

Keeping safe and well in the colder weather

With temperatures in the capital becoming colder we are asking Londoners to take additional care during this challenging time so they can stay safe and well.

A drop in temperatures can affect your health and can be especially dangerous for older people, young children and those with underlying health conditions.

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27 Dec 2020

Please help us to help you during extremely busy time

Like NHS organisations across the country, demand for our services has risen sharply over the past weeks and we are now taking up to 8,000 999 calls a day compared to 5,500 on a typical ‘busy’ day.

To help us reach patients who need us as quickly as we can, we are asking the public to support us by only calling 999 for life-threatening emergencies.

For urgent medical advice when it’s not an emergency, please go to NHS111 online first by going to www.111.nhs.uk.

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10 Dec 2020

Christmas challenge to support trainee paramedic Paddy

Trainee paramedic Paddy was seriously injured in a motorcycle collision earlier this year.

Last week, in a bid to raise funds for equipment for him, his family started a 12-day challenge, and aim to cover 1,200km by Christmas Day.

So far they’ve raised nearly £20,000!

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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