Off-duty paramedic gave CPR to his own wife

AN OFF-duty paramedic who gave CPR to his own wife after her sudden cardiac arrest has recounted the extraordinary ordeal. Phil Wilkins gave chest compressions and rescue breaths to his wife of 20 years, Cerys, after she collapsed without warning at their Pentrebach home the Friday before last. The couple’s teenage daughter called 999 and summoned Phil’s Welsh...

Industry award for Welsh Ambulance Service

THE Welsh Ambulance Service has won a prestigious industry award. The Trust’s Associate Director of Paramedicine, Andy Swinburn, was named the winner of the AHP Clinical Leadership Award in Friday’s virtual Advancing Healthcare Awards. The award is in recognition of his work in developing roles within the Trust’s clinical response model. On the award,...

Beat Flu: Pete’s Story

A WELSH Ambulance Service manager who thought he had a bout of ‘man flu’ would later be told he had hours to live after it turned out to be the flu virus. Pete Brown was 27 when he developed flu-like symptoms, but his rapid deterioration saw him admitted to intensive care and put in an induced coma. His condition was so critical that his family held a bedside vigil...

International Control Room Week 2020 – Meet our unsung heroes

THE Welsh Ambulance Service is shining a light on its ‘unsung heroes’ for International Control Room Week. The week-long event recognises control room colleagues around the globe who work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep communities safe and protected. Almost 700 colleagues from a 3,200-strong workforce hold a spectrum of roles in the Trust’s five...