Close -up look at work of trust

Learn to save a life and discover more about your local ambulance service. South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, (SECAmb), is inviting members of the public to take the opportunity to learn more about their local ambulance service at its annual Open Day.

This year’s event, which also includes the Trust’s AGM and Annual Members Meeting (AMM), takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey on Friday September 28 between 1.30pm and 5pm.

The day, which is open to the public, patients, local organisations and NHS partners, will provide people with a close-up look at how a modern ambulance service works and outline the Trust’s aims for the future. There will also be cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) demonstrations and a chance to speak to SECAmb’s recruitment team.

Those attending can learn about the Trust’s exciting plans with an exhibition which includes stalls on its Make Ready system, Hazardous Area Response Teams, the development it has made since being awarded the contract to provide the non-urgent 111 service across its region, Community First Responders as well as clinical developments in cardiac and stroke care. As well as having the chance to view cutting-edge technology, visitors will be able to meet and hear from a wide range of SECAmb staff.

We’d like as many people as possible to come and learn about our plans for the future. It’s always a fantastic opportunity for us to speak to members of the public, share our successes, hear what the public think of our service and answer any questions people have.

It’s a very exciting time for SECAmb at the moment with a number of key developments including the continued roll out of our award-winning Make Ready system and preparations to deliver the 111 service across our region next year.

The AGM and AMM take place at 3pm with lunch and a chance to view the exhibition from 1.30pm. There will be a further chance to view the exhibition after the AGM until 5pm.

There is free parking and the racecourse is accessible by bus from Epsom town centre or a short taxi ride from either of two nearby train stations. The venue is fully accessible and has a hearing loop system.

Anyone who would like to attend should contact Julia Leppard (julia.leppard@secamb.nhs.uk), call 01273 897870 or visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/TrustAGM2012 and complete the online form.

South East Coast Ambulance Service was formed on 1 July 2006, following the merger of Kent, Surrey and Sussex ambulance trusts and is one of 11 ambulance services operating in England. It covers an area of 3,600 square miles and a resident population of 4.5 million across East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Kent and Medway and Surrey. The trust responds to 999 calls from the public, immediate and urgent calls from health professionals, as well as providing non-emergency Patient Transport Services (pre-booked patient journeys to and from healthcare facilities) in some areas. It employs more than 3,000 staff across 60 sites, more than half of whom are paramedics and ambulance technicians.

SECAmb is a NHS Foundation Trust and as such invites the public to have a say in how we run our services. It’s free to become a member of SECAmb, and members will receive a newsletter with potentially life-saving health tips, invitations to ambulance service events, and information about any changes we’re planning to our services. To become a member fill in our online form: www.nhs-membership.co.uk/seas or, to be sent a form to fill in, leave your name and address on our membership phone line: 01273 897840.

PAUL SUTTON

SECAmb chief executive Paul Sutton, Sussex Office, 40-42 Friars Walk, Lewes