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Alderney ambulance volunteers praised for stepping in over Christmas

Alderney ambulance volunteers are being praised for stepping in over Christmas. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Alderney ambulance volunteers are being praised for stepping in over Christmas.

The States appealed for replacement volunteers and 14 people were trained to operate under the leadership of the Chief Fire and Rescue Officer..

There were 17 call outs over the two-week holiday period including a suspected heart attack, broken bones, head injuries and patient transfers for medevac.

The States of Alderney says the Mignot Memorial Hospital has reported a significant improvement in care and nursing staff have fed back that the new ambulance crew have been outstanding and very professional, highly effective, and very good withpatients. Response times are excellent.

There was no shortage of volunteers and in my view this speaks volumes about our community. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.

I think we should all express our sincere thanks to those who have stepped forward to ensure this safe service.

– James Dent, Chairman of Policy & Finance

The volunteers were recruited after all seven former volunteer members went on strike in December in solidarity with their Chief Ambulance Officer, Melanie Walden who was sacked from her post following an independent review.

It found there was 'inadequate clinical assessment of patients' with ambulances carrying life-saving equipment which did not work or had not been routinely serviced.This included a defibrillator with a battery which had expired seven years earlier.

Bins in both vehicles were also found to be full of clinical waste and both ambulances were carrying medications, despite the fact that they were instructed to be removed following the resignation of a Medical Director earlier in the year.