Veteran doctor and Royal Navy reservist on ambulance board

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A doctor whose medical career spans nearly 30 years says he is “delighted” to become a director at the East of England Ambulance Service.

Dr Mark Patten started with the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) Trust yesterday, completing the establishment of a stable executive team and board.

He has worked in the medical field for 28 years, both in the NHS and as a Royal Navy reservist.

Dr Patten has worked at the Luton & Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust for 18 years, starting in the critical care field as a consultant anaesthetist and clinical lead. He then became clinical director of theatres, anaesthesia and critical care before spending three years as the medical director.

Mark, who lives in the region, said: “Having worked in critical care throughout my career, I am delighted to be joining the ambulance service.

“I know the vital role that ambulance staff and volunteers play in saving and changing lives and supporting patients when they need help, care and compassion.

“I look forward to working with colleagues across the service as we look at how we can deliver better care, closer to home for our patients.”

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