John goes above and beyond to help city patients

112815-253_AMBULANCE_WORKER_AWARD_SR_8/8/11'Community health practitioner John Cross who has been nominated in the ambulance worker of the year category in The News Health Awards.''Picture:Steve Reid 112815-253
112815-253_AMBULANCE_WORKER_AWARD_SR_8/8/11'Community health practitioner John Cross who has been nominated in the ambulance worker of the year category in The News Health Awards.''Picture:Steve Reid 112815-253

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JOHN Cross is not your average ambulance worker.

Not only does he have the challenging task of working the night shift in the Guildhall Walk area, but he goes above and beyond to help people by giving alcohol advice to those in police custody.

His efforts to help make a difference in the city and help stop people harming themselves through drink, is the reason he has been nominated for Ambulance Worker of the Year in The News Best of Health Awards 2011.

Bill Dearsley, general manager of Liquid & Envy nightclub, nominated John. He said: ‘John works far beyond his remit as an ambulance worker.

‘He works in the night-time economy which provides its own challenges in terms of patients’ behaviour, but he is not judgemental and has a cheery disposition.’

‘He has a close working relationship with the Pubwatch venues and is always keen to help wherever possible.’

John, who works as a community health practitioner for South Central Ambulance Service, says he is glad his efforts help make a difference. He added: ‘It is a great honour to have been nominated for this award.’

The closing date for health awards nominations has been extended until next Friday.