I was invited to present awards at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Long Service and Excellence awards ceremony held at Tattersall's in Newmarket.
I was delighted and honoured to be asked to present the awards for those members of staff who had completed 35 years or more of service in the Ambulance service. In fact the combined years of service for those receiving awards was over 1,400, a truly humbling statistic.
As an NHS Doctor I have worked alongside ambulance staff and know how hard they work and the enormous difference they make to people's lives. We often read about the work they do at road traffic incidents, large disasters and distressing accidents but ambulance staff are also the first to see those elderly people who have suffered a fall or members of the public who suddenly feel unwell. Their expect help not only saves lives but their compassion greatly reassures patients at what can be a distressing and frightening time.
Volunteers also play a key role in supporting our hard working paramedics and a number of Community First Responders – unpaid volunteers who respond to emergency calls on behalf of the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives were also honoured for the work they have done and continue to do for the Trust.
The staff are what make the NHS such a great institution and one that I am proud to be part of. The dedicated staff of the East of England Ambulance deserves our thanks and appreciation for the work they do.
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