Yes, there really ARE some appreciative folk out there.
Thursday 19th July | Connect with us on Twitter |
You can often be forgiven for thinking that the life-saving work that you do on a daily basis is often a thankless task.
This sentiment can apply to any part of the emergency services.
With the Ambulance service in particular, this sentiment has spread not least because of the amount of ‘nasty notes’ which have been left on the windscreens of emergency ambulances as their crews battle to try and save the life of a complete stranger.
Many of you will remember the articles which have been shared across the internet showing the idiocy of some people who believe that their right to get to the shops should be put over the right of someone to receive life-saving emergency help.
The fact that some people believe that emergency vehicles should spend 15 minutes looking for a parking space only goes to highlight the egocentric self-serving attitude of individuals who, on principle alone, should not be allowed to have access to the 999 system.
Indeed, we have shared many of the stories regarding abusive notes being left on emergency vehicles after our followers sent us images of the notes (and in one case, a diagram of how to park that had been left on an ambulance) were found by unsuspecting Medics as they returned to their vehicles.
We believe passionately that emergency vehicles should park wherever they need to, without having to worry about the effect that their parking might have on people who, for example, want to get down to the shops before they shut!
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That’s why it was great to hear that the London Ambulance Service (LAS) received more than 300 letters of thanks in the space of one month.
In a post on the LAS Facebook page, they said:
“In June, more than 300 members of our staff were thanked in cards and letters of appreciation from the public for the life saving work they do every day across London.
We’re humbled by each and every one we receive.”
It just goes to show, that even though there are a fair share of individuals who take for granted the amazing work of our emergency services, that there’s also a good proportion of thankful members of the public who really do appreciate the work that each and every one of you does.
The LAS operates around 450 emergency ambulances.
In addition it can deploy around 100 fast response units in various cars, motorcycles, or bicycles.
Although not a part of the LAS, London’s Air Ambulance can also be deployed by, and for, the LAS from its base at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel using either its ground RRVs or its helicopter.
As well as accidents and emergencies, the LAS operates a 195-vehicle patient transport service (PTS).
Previously a centrally funded service, this element of the LAS is now subject to an open market and is required to tender for work from primary care trusts (PCTs) and other NHS bodies.
As well as being contracted by a number of London hospitals and PCTs to take patients to and from their pre-arranged hospital or clinic appointments, the PTS responds to ad-hoc journey requests and provides specialist transfer facilities
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