Paramedics have to make split second decisions to save lives. So it's important their training is as realistic as possible. Now, a specially-modified ambulance is being used here in the South East to simulate emergencies. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Student Nurse Amelia Poree, and Alex Ritchie, Clinical Simulation Technician.
An ambulance technician is still in hospital after being assaulted by a patient in Southampton.
The victim, who was responding to an emergency call on behalf of the South Central Ambulance Service, was assaulted at the junction of Milton Road and Holt Road.
The suspect fled the scene and the victim was taken to a hospital with a head injury, the spokesman said.
A 26-year-old man from Southampton was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed until February 12, pending further inquiries.
The dynamic control will mean a vehicle's speed is restricted when it's not on an emergency. The fleet covers around 17 million miles across Surrey and Sussex each year. It's using a new system which limits a vehicle to sixty two miles an hour.
Emergency services in Brighton were put to the test today. An explosion was staged at a disused army barracks to see how police, fire and ambulance crews would respond.
Around 200 volunteers took part with other incidents staged across Sussex.
Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Insp Tony Lumb from Sussex Police and Mark Rist from East Sussex fire and Rescue.
Ambulance crews formed a guard of honour at the funeral of a paramedic, killed in a crash in the New Forest. Gillian Randall, who was 42, from Blackfield, died when the ambulance she was driving hit a tree. A patient inside the ambulance also died.
Ambulances in the south have become the first in the country to use solar panels.
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has installed the energy producing cells on 36 of its Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs).
They supply power to the secondary battery system that powers all emergency equipment onboard.
Green Team Co-ordinator Brian Miller said: "We are taking the initiative to reduce fuel consumption, fuel and battery replacement costs, the Trust’s carbon footprint and the need for RRVs to return to base and traditional shoreline systems to recharge vehicle batteries."
A man suffered minor injuries with cuts to his face after a collision between a car and an ambulance in Hove.
Sussex Police said they understood the ambulance was on an emergency call.
The incident happened at about 11.10pm on 6th March 2013 on Old Shoreham Road, Hove at the junction with The Drive and Shirley Drive.
The ambulance left the road and collided with an electrical control box.
Last week, a 45-year-old man died after his car collided with an ambulance on Marine Drive, outside Roedean Pitch and Putt gold course in Brighton.
Gary Tucker, of Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, died at the scene of the crash. Two other people were injured.
A 45-year-old man who died after his car collided with an ambulance on Marine Drive, outside Roedean Pitch and Putt gold course in Brighton, last night, has been named.
Gary Tucker, of Longridge Avenue, Saltdean, died at the scene of the crash, which happened at 10.40pm.
The 43-year-old passenger in the Fiat Seicento was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.
A member of the ambulance crew, which was on an emergency call, was slightly injured but was later discharged from hospital.
Police are currently investigating the circumstances of the collision and are asking anyone who saw what happened to call 101 quoting Operation Denmark.
A motorist was killed in Brighton last night when his car was involved in a crash with an ambulance responding to an emergency call.
The 45-year-old driver of the Fiat Seicento died at the scene of the collision in Marine Drive, outside Roedean pitch and putt golf course.
His passenger, a 43-year-old man, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
A member of the ambulance crew was slightly hurt but was later discharged from hospital.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: "At this stage, police are still investigating the circumstances of the collision and are asking anyone who saw what happened to call 101 quoting Operation Denmark."
South East Coast Ambulance Service has released this statement following a fatal collision in Brighton
“We can confirm that one of our ambulances was involved in a fatal road traffic collision with a car on Marine Drive in Brighton at 10.42pm yesterday evening.
"At the time, the ambulance crew were en-route to an emergency call nearby.
“Sadly, the driver of the car was killed and a passenger injured as a result of the incident. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and our thoughts to all those involved.
"The ambulance crew involved suffered minor injuries and were later discharged from hospital.
“We will continue to work closely with Sussex Police as they investigate the causes of the road traffic collision.”