We are delighted that we have recently been joined by three new paramedics; (image above, left to right) Sam Sweeney, Liam Sagi and Page Chamberlain who all went through a rigorous and highly competitive process to become part of the EAAA team. They are currently working on-board the helicopter alongside some of our more experienced critical care paramedics to gain experience in the helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) environment, after which they will begin taking up standard shifts alongside our doctors.
I have worked for the East of England Ambulance service as a frontline paramedic since I graduated, and over the last 18 months as a lecturer practitioner seconded to the UEA, teaching student paramedics. I have always been very keen to continue my own education and development so had my sights set early on becoming a HEMS paramedic and have worked hard towards achieving this goal.
I feel extremely lucky and grateful to work for an organisation like EAAA, and still can’t quite believe I’m here. Currently I am six weeks into a three year secondment and I have been busy learning about the different equipment, drugs, all things aviation, enhanced pre-hospital care and policies and procedures. The learning curve is certainly a steep one, but I’m having a blast and everyone from the charity to clinical staff and the pilots have been very welcoming. It’s a pleasure to work with so many people that are genuinely motivated and all share the same values, with patient care always at the forefront.