Ambulance crews up for recognition

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 July 2011

Toys banned from ambulances due to health and safety restrictions.

Toys banned from ambulances due to health and safety restrictions.

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LIFE-SAVING ambulance crews covering Weston could soon be recognised for their service by Queen Elizabeth II.

Workers of Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) can now be nominated for the new Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal.

To qualify, they must have managed a serious incident, provided a prolonged service or delivered high levels of performance.

The awards will be given as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list next summer.

GWAS chief executive, OBE Martin Flaherty, said: “Our staff consistently provide excellent care on a daily basis.

“That is done for the benefit of our patients but I am delighted that the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal will now recognise the work of ambulance staff alongside the other emergency services with whom we work so closely.”

Announcing the new medal this week, Andrew Lansley, Secretary of State for Health, said: “We are all grateful to our local ambulance service which helps people in distress at every level – from minor injuries to road accidents and even major national incidents.

“This medal will help us all to signal our better appreciation for and recognise the live-saving work that they carry out for the public every day.”

All employees of NHS ambulance trusts are eligible to be nominated for the medal.

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