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Get ready for Hampshire 999 Emergency Show

Get ready for Hampshire 999 Emergency Show

Emergency Services Show


The beautiful countryside of Bordon will play host to some of Hampshire’s most impressive emergency response vehicles and equipment during this year’s annual Hampshire 999 Emergency Show 2015 on Sunday 9 August.

The event had to be postponed due to adverse weather on 26 July and we hope the community will join us for the rescheduled show this Sunday.The event will feature an arena and static displays from current members of the emergency services, classic and custom cars, browse our many craft stalls & Information stalls, food and drink and much more for all the family and all ages and interests.

This packed full event will run from 10.30am to 6pm and will be set in scenic fields just off the A325. Entry is free and access to the show will be via the Quarry Road. A free shuttle bus service will be available from Whitehill Bordon bus stop, Pinehill Road, Chalet Hill (outside the carpet shop) and the Royal Mail Sorting office on the main A325 then on to the show and return throughout the day until 7pm.

Organiser Paul Wingate, a SCAS ambulance technician and Bordon resident, says: “Last year’s show was a great success and the weather was fantastic. We hope to raise lots of funds for our main charities in 2015 as well as other smaller charities who will be dotted around the event site.

“The show enables us to demonstrate the collaborative working of all the emergency services, pass on essential community safety messaging and raise awareness of some of the lesser known blue light services run by volunteers such as the Hampshire search & Rescue Dogs and St Johns Ambulance to name but a few.”

Paul added: “We have fantastic preserved 999 vehicles attending and classic cars and motorcycles whose owners spend so much time, effort and money to keep on show for the public. This year we also have some exciting new attractions which we hope the public will enjoy as well as giving everyone a great day out with lots to see and do. We have Kidszone including face painting, children’s funfair rides, bouncy castles and come and meet 999 Ted, Mascot of SCAS.

“The show started three years ago and it has now established itself as one of the largest events in Hampshire and this is thanks to all the volunteers who attend the show and the assistance of the Whitehill and Bordon Town Partnership. Without them all we wouldn’t be able to put the show on.”

Marcus thanks ‘brilliant’ SCAS team

Marcus thanks ‘brilliant’ SCAS team

CFR from BransgoreOn a Friday afternoon towards the end of March 2015, Marcus’ seven-year-old daughter was diagnosed with tonsillitis by the family’s GP with a temperature of 40.3. Later that same evening back at home in Andover, she developed what seemed to be a non-blanching rash; such a symptom can be associated with meningococcal septicaemia – the leading infectious cause of death in children and a disease that can kill a healthy person of any age within hours of their first symptoms.  Recognising the need to talk to someone immediately about his daughter’s worsening condition, Marcus contacted SCAS’ 111 service.

A few days after using SCAS’ service, Marcus emailed our Chief Executive, Will Hancock, full of praise for all the members of the SCAS team that responded that evening:

“Within 10 minutes of us calling 111 a CFR (Community First Responder) – Richard – was with us. About 10 minutes later an ambulance arrived and Nathalie, Grace and Danny got to work checking over our daughter and generally reassuring us. Thankfully she turned out to be ok but you can probably imagine how very concerned we were at the time.

I just wanted to give you some feedback on your team who attended my daughter – they were brilliant! Your crew were calm, professional, competent and, equally important, human.

In the nicest possible way I hope I don’t need to call on your services again. But if I do, it gives me confidence that these guys are part of your team.”

Be BBQ safe this summer

Be BBQ safe this summer


The Hazardous Area Response Team for South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS HART) is sharing advice on how everyone can remain safe whilst on summer holidays, especially when around barbecues.

Staycations including camping trips are great fun for families but they bring with them the normal dangers that everyone faces outdoors.

Camping can be fantastic way to experience the great outdoors but SCAS HART is reminding people to take the right precautions for you and your fellow campers to stay safe and well. You should bear in mind the following when camping:

  • Never use a barbecue inside a tent due to the fire risk and to avoid the build up of carbon monoxide within the tent which can be fatal;
  • Check the rules regarding open fires and barbecues at your campsite;
  • Don’t change gas canisters or refuel stoves inside your tent and, if possible, store them outside;
  • Keep matches and lighters in a waterproof container and away from children;
  • Make sure all fires are damped down and that stoves, gas lamps, barbecues etc. are out before you go to bed;
  • Have a fire escape plan and know where the nearest water source is.

David Findlay, SCAS HART manager, said: “We urge people to always be careful around naked flames. When cooking on barbecues keep children at a safe distance and never use a BBQ inside a tent. Common accidents that we see include people tripping over guy ropes.

or treading on tent pegs so please vigilant around your camping zone and take a torch with you if venture around in the dark.

“We’d also recommend making sure you’re aware of your location, including local landmarks if you are in remote surroundings as these can be vital should you or a friend or relative fall ill. Taking a mobile phone with you is useful too should you become injured and need to phone 999.”

Always have a small first aid kit in your car or caravan to help treat minor injuries or illnesses such as cuts, grazes, allergies, insect bites, stings or diarrhoea or vomiting.


More patients than ever survive major trauma

More patients than ever survive major trauma

Patient helped after accident

The contribution of staff at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) has been recognised as more patients than ever survive major trauma.

Since 2012, patients with suspected “major trauma” have been transported directly to Major Trauma Centres (MTCs) instead of the nearest hospital by ambulance crews across England including those at SCAS. Ambulance crews have received additional training to deal with these cases, and now have access to specialised trauma equipment and medicines for use at an incident and en route to hospital with their patient

When these cases arrive at hospital, patient details and injuries are entered into the national Trauma Audit Research Network (TARN) database which allows national comparison of patient survival and long-term outcomes. It also allows TARN to identify hospitals that are doing exceptionally well with “unexpected survivors” so that best practice can be shared across the Trauma Networks. The aim is to improve the care of all patients with trauma.

Results from the national audit by the TARN released this week show that there has been a huge improvement in the care of patients with major trauma. Patients who have major trauma are now 63 per cent more likely to survive than they were in 2008/9.

Mark Ainsworth-Smith, Consultant Pre-Hospital Care Practitioner and SCAS trauma lead, said: “SCAS is very proud of the pivotal role it plays along with other ambulance services, air ambulances and hospital teams in the success of the trauma networks”.

“Taking seriously injured patients directly from the scene of an incident to MTCs has been shown to be beneficial in other countries. Following the hard work and dedication by all of those involved we have confirmation that patients in England are 63 per cent more likely to survive major trauma than they were just six years ago”.

“This is an amazing achievement, and one that the ambulance service and air ambulance teams should be very proud of. This data proves that crews are doing the right thing by going straight to dedicated MTCs where that comprehensive and extensive care and treatment can be started as soon as possible.”

Dr Simon Hughes, Director of Trauma at University Hospital Southampton (UHS), said: “This is truly a fantastic result. Everyone involved should be very proud to have been a part of what has been one of the most successful service changes in the NHS since its inception.”

Milton Keynes man meets SCAS crews who saved his life

Milton Keynes man meets SCAS crews who saved his life

Reunite with patient

A Milton Keynes man has been reunited with SCAS crews who saved his life following a cardiac arrest.

Steve Persighetti, 59, was at home in February with his wife Rozany, when he started to experience severe pain throughout his chest and arms. With Steve’s pain worsening, Rozany quickly phoned 999 and Emergency Call Taker Alexandra White helped reassure the couple that an ambulance crew and an ambulance officer had been despatched to their address.

Within four minutes, specialist paramedic Mike Lowe was on scene. He explained: “I found Steve in his lounge, quite pale and clammy and realised quickly the seriousness of the situation so I arranged for a crew to convey him to Oxford.” Mike performed an ECG which was sent electronically through to the specialist cardiac centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The ambulance crew, consisting of Ambulance nurse Mike Ambrose and Emergency Care Assistant Elliot Skirrow, arrived and then began to convey Steve to the John Radcliffe Hospital. However, en route, Steve suffered a cardiac arrest in the ambulance.

Elliot Skirrow remembers: “As we got to Buckingham, Mike Ambrose called through to me in the front of the ambulance that Steve had gone into cardiac arrest and to pull over to the side of the road and help him to shock Steve back into a normal rhythm.”

“It was at hospital, that it was discovered that two of Steve’s arteries needed unblocking. He went on to have a number of stents fitted and is continuing to recover steadily.”

On 28 April, Steve and Rozany travelled to Milton Keynes Ambulance Station to be reunited with Mike, Mike and Elliot and to express their thanks. They spent time recollecting the timeline of events that day in February and it was evident how special the reunion was for all involved.

Steve said: “Once I’d recovered I realised I wanted to say thankyou to the ambulance crews involved as obviously without their help, I wouldn’t be here.”

Rozany explained: “It was a fantastic job done by Mike, Mike and Elliot and I’m eternally grateful because if not for them Steve wouldn’t be here today.”

Mike Lowe added: “To now meet a patient whose life we’ve saved is a wonderful thing and a great buzz for all of us.”

Elliot Skirrow admitted: “Thankfully all the treatment Steve had was successful and he’s still with us today.”

Mike Ambrose said: “This reunion means everything because sometimes we don’t really see the outcome of the patients we treat because we only see them for a short time so to receive a letter from Steve thanking us and knowing that he’s survived and gone through the treatment is quite overwhelming really.”

Thank you to Milly After 47 years

Thank you to Milly After 47 years

On Thursday, 3 December, friends and colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust’s (SCAS) Patient Transport Service, came together at Southern House in Otterbourne to say thank you to Hampshire Volunteer Car Driver, Milly Stokes, who retired after 47 years and nine months’ service.

Car driver Milly Stokes

Car driver Milly Stokes

Milly began driving as a volunteer back in 1968 for the ambulance car service in Hampshire and has received three long service awards including one from SCAS as well as one from University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Milly said: “In my first 10 years, I used to take three chaps from Netley village to Knowle Hospital. Getting them there at 9.30am and transporting them back to Netley for 3.30pm meant I could do my driving and still be there to collect my children from school.”

Over the years, Milly has driven patients to and from places as far from Hampshire as Liverpool, Plymouth, Norfolk and Birmingham as well as got to know lots of ‘regulars’ – patients who she has transported frequently as they attend hospital or treatment centres for dialysis, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“I’ll miss meeting all the patients and having so many different and interesting people to talk to. Also, I’ve loved seeing new towns, villages and countryside when I’m out driving so I’ll miss that too” Milly Stokes.

At the event to mark Milly’s retirement, James Underhay, Director of Strategy, Business Development, Communications and Engagement, said:

“It’s hard to believe that in the year Milly started volunteering, Harold Wilson was Prime Minister, Dad’s Army first appeared on TV and British Rail’s last steam train service between Liverpool and Carlisle made its final journey. A lot may have changed since then but one thing has remained constant; Milly’s dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to her patients. She has been an inspiration to many for her fantastic service and we will be very sad to see her go.”

And whilst Milly may have ‘hung up her keys’ for the last time, she has no plans to put her feet up completely.

“I’ll still keep up my volunteering – I won’t be sitting around on my bottom! I already volunteer at my local hospital so I’ll still do that…and maybe help out at a charity shop too.”