Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, last Friday visited the Reading Ambulance station to meet with the South Central Ambulance Service team.
Mr Sharma’s visit was hosted by Kirsten Willis Head of Operations and Ben Voller Clinical Operations Manager for Berkshire West. They discussed with Mr Sharma the role of staff in front line emergency services as well as the pressures they experience. Mr Sharma spoke with staff in a variety of different roles such as paramedics, technicians and emergency care assistants to learn more about the important work they undertake for the community.
Ms Willis and Mr Voller discussed with Mr Sharma the new Ambulance Response Programme, which enables patients to get the appropriate clinical vehicle to them, this therefore means the patient can get swift and thorough clinical assessment and treatment.
Mr Sharma was delighted to look around one of the ambulances and chat with the specialist paramedics who provide advice and support to patients and staff.
Alok Sharma said: “My thanks to Kirsten and Ben for hosting me at Reading Ambulance Station. I was delighted to meet with all the staff at the station and I would like to extend a special thanks to them for their hard work and dedication serving our community and saving lives.”
Kirsten Willis said “ At this time of year in particular our staff are working extremely hard to care for the patients who need us, they will be away from their families and friends over the festive period, caring for others, so for Mr. Sharma to take time out of his busy diary to come and visit us was great. The staff were able to discuss with him the pressures they experience, but also how paramedicine has developed so much in recent years, and how we are now very much at the forefront of urgent and emergency care within the NHS, of which he was very supportive.”