Welsh Ambulance Service to host Board meeting featuring staff story from a 111 Call Handler

THE Welsh Ambulance Service will host its bi-monthly Trust Board meeting next week. The Trust’s Executive and Non-Executive Directors will convene next Thursday 27 January in a virtual event held on the Zoom platform. Proceedings will be broadcast live with members of the public invited to attend and submit questions in advance which will be addressed during the meeting. A...

GP hails new paramedic team as game-changing for patients and families

A SERVICE which sees specialist paramedics supporting people in their last days of life has been hailed as game-changing by a Swansea GP. Dr Chris Jones, of Llansamlet Surgery, said the new service streamlined the process with obvious benefits for patients and families. Last October, the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) appointed its first dedicated palliative care...

Family thank call handler and medics after dad suffered cardiac arrest

A FAMILY who nearly lost their father and husband to a cardiac arrest have reached-out to thank the Welsh Ambulance Service crew and highlight the work of the often unseen heroes in emergency medical care – the 999 call handlers. The Gilbert family of Flint, North Wales, were calmly guided through the process of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) by Welsh Ambulance Service...

Off-duty paramedic came to aid of young girl who was dragged from the sea

AN OFF-duty paramedic who helped save the life of a school girl has been commended for his quick and selfless actions. Gino Matrella, 60, of Portstewart, Chepstow, was enjoying a day out at Porthcawl beach with his family last summer when a friend alerted him to two teenage boys dragging a young girl out of the sea. Gino ran down to the shore where he instinctively began...