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As Chief Executive of St John Cymru Wales I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers, staff and partner organisations who will be working hard during this festive period.
At St John there’s always a huge amount of work to do, from providing first aid services at events, to training the public in lifesaving skills and organising youth activities across Wales. But as the nights draw in and the Christmas spirit is spread, I wanted to give a special mention to those who will be on the front lines, keeping the public safe and bringing families together this Winter.
Last Saturday I had the privilege of seeing first-hand the work of our Help Point near the busy city-centre nightspot of Wind Street in Swansea. Along with St John Cymru Wales’ National Officers including our Paramedic Officer, Communications Officer and First responder officer I witnessed our Help Point team treat more than 30 casualties between 12 midnight and 4am.
Our first aiders and healthcare professionals expertly cared for patients with injuries ranging from sprained ankles, hypothermia, fractured ribs to head injuries. You’ll rarely know our volunteers are on hand to help until you need them. We’re there when you need us.
Tonight I will again be out to visit and thank our first aiders who will be on duty until the small hours. Black Friday this year falls on 23 December, just two days before Christmas, with thousands of party-goers expected to fill city centres across Wales. So tonight, as part of our commitment to supporting the NHS during one of their busiest periods, our first aiders will also be on duty at Help Points across the country in Swansea, Llanelli, Carmarthen, Newbridge, Bangor, Caernarfon, Mold and Deeside. You can read more about our Swansea Help Point as part of our ‘There when you need us’ campaign.
But I can’t mention our winter services without considering the work of our Patient Transport Services. 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Christmas Day!) our ambulance crews work tirelessly to ensure patients are transported safely to and from hospital. The importance of this service hits home to me even more at this time of year when I hear stories of patients who have been able to spend Christmas at home with their families because of our service. And with more than 26,000 patients transported each year, I’m sure you’ll agree this is a vital service and huge support to the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust.
The dedication of our volunteers and staff makes me really proud, and their commitment to providing high-quality medical care week-in week-out allows us to provide essential support to the NHS and emergency services. So while you turn your attention to festive fun and time spent at home with loved ones, please remember those who are giving up their warm beds to serve others this Christmas, they are what St John Cymru Wales is all about and we couldn’t carry out our lifesaving work without them.
Keith Dunn OBE
St John Wales Chief Executive
Chief Executive congratulates volunteers, staff and partners on their hard work over the festive period
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