Paramedic team are winners in a new category

Paul Snow and Karl Touhey MBE with the award for the Allied Health Professional Worker/Team of the Year. Fellow winners Lewis Meale and Mat Purssey were unable to attend because of work commitments Picture: Mick Young (151347-23)
Paul Snow and Karl Touhey MBE with the award for the Allied Health Professional Worker/Team of the Year. Fellow winners Lewis Meale and Mat Purssey were unable to attend because of work commitments Picture: Mick Young (151347-23)

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A TEAM of paramedics who helped save a man who had suffered a heart attack have been given a very public ‘thank you’.

Paramedics from private firm ERS Medical Karl Touhey MBE, and Paul Snow, along with South Central Ambulance Service paramedics Lewis Meale and Mat Purssey, were crowned winners of a new category for this year’s Best of Health Awards 2015, which are run by The News.

They picked up the prize for the Allied Health Professional Worker/Team of the Year.

Scores of people put them forward after they helped save the life of Matthew Tanner.

The 43-year-old suffered several cardiac arrests and a heart attack at his home in London Road, North End, Portsmouth.

His wife Kelly, 42, and an estate agent, Neil Thorpe, carried out CPR until ambulance crews arrived and took over.

Mr Touhey and Mr Snow were there at the awards night on Friday at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

Mr Touhey said: ‘Lewis and Mat were very much apart of this and it’s important they are mentioned.

‘Sadly they were working on Friday and could not be stood down, however this award definitely includes them.

‘I also want to say thank you to Kelly and Neil who started CPR immediately.

‘It’s so important people have the knowledge to do that because there’s no point in us arriving six minutes after someone has had a heart attack and nobody has started CPR.

‘It gives us a better chance of doing what we do.’

Mr Tanner was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital where heart specialists carried on the work of the ambulance service.

Runner-up in this category was Chrissie Carden-Noad, a specialist occupational therapist, who works at The Rowans Hospice.

Chrissie was nominated for the compassion and care she showed a patient during the final stages of their life.

In the nomination, Chrissie was described as practical, responsive, resourceful, honest, cheerful and kind.

And she can build rapport with a person and is able to talk about a subject that is often difficult to discuss.

The sixth Best of Health Awards has 11 categories and an overall winner. All the winners will be profiled throughout the week in The News.