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22 May 2019

Wimbledon Ambulance Station Visit

London Ambulance Service

On Thursday 16th May, six BTEC Level 3 Health & Social Care students visited Wimbledon Ambulance Station accompanied by college Senior Pastoral Tutor, Dev Kanagasundaram and his former colleague Chris Hutchinson, who had previously worked as a Paramedic in the London Ambulance Service for 28 years.

The students were given talks by ex and current London Ambulance Service (LAS) staff about their roles, pathways into the LAS, day-to-day duties and challenges they may face, etc. There were questions and answers throughout their tour including in the back of an ambulance with Clinical Team Manager, Rob Morgan.

A representative from the London Ambulance Service (Wimbledon Station) said: “South Thames College students were excellent during yesterday’s visit. They were a true credit to themselves and the college. It was a pleasure to meet them. I received nothing but very positive feedback from the staff at Wimbledon Ambulance Station.”

The students’ tutor commented: “Our students have visited twice now and the quotes from yesterday say it all. They grabbed the opportunity to come and represented themselves and the college well. It was great to see that (as instructed), they’d prepared questions, and as a result got a deeper insight into an amazing profession. Big thank you to Chris Hutchinson and Rob Morgan for making it happen.”

The students commented:

“I really enjoyed the trip, it was a once in a lifetime experience and a great way to understand how hard the ambulance services work to provide the best possible service for the community.” Ana Sousa

“I found today’s experience very educational and inspiring as I learnt a variety of new things and have thought about how important it is to help others who aren’t capable by themselves.” Elle Charman

“I enjoyed learning about ambulance staff and their daily lives. I want to praise them for sharing their stories even though it was challenging for them to talk about such sensitive issues. I’m a little relieved to hear that they did a short British Sign Language course and book; I’m glad that they want to increase their awareness of their service users.” Thu Thu Thitsar

“I found it really informative and I appreciate being given the opportunity to speak to the paramedic staff who gave me a truthful insight into their day-to-day working lives. I found it really encouraging to hear how they support each other as they have to cope with traumatic experiences, and also how they genuinely care for their service users.” Elise Mensah

“I really enjoyed the trip and getting to know different perspectives on the way ambulance staff deal with different situations.” Aisha Akram

“The experience was wonderful because we were able to ask questions and find out useful information that we didn’t know. The paramedic staff there were lovely and they told us the reality of their work.” Nimra Latif

London Ambulance Service

London Ambulance Service

London Ambulance Service