A LONG-SERVING paramedic has been presented with a Queen’s Ambulance Service medal.
Dave Fletcher, of the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, went to Buckingham Palace with his family to be awarded the medal from the Queen.
He was named in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list and was one of the first to receive the medal in its inaugural year.
Mr Fletcher has served as a paramedic for more than 36 years and was nominated for his commitment and pioneering work on resuscitation at the ambulance service, which led to the introduction of a new technique – Protocol C – across the trust.
The CPR technique calls for chest compressions on a patient before the use of early defibrillation, which the trust says has ‘hugely improved’ patients’ outcomes.
He worked closely with consultant cardiologist Prof Douglas Chamberlain to improve out-of-hospital resuscitation survival rates across the trust’s region.
He said: ‘The award must go to all my colleagues whose hard work and dedication has resulted in such a significant increase in the number of patients who now survive out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.
‘My personal reward, out of my 38 years in the service, has been to be part of a team that gives life back to family and friends.
‘Only those who have saved a life can appreciate fully the pleasure and satisfaction that brings.’