MP Iain Stewart visits ambulance centre

Iain Stewart visits South Central Ambulance Service HQ in Bicester
Iain Stewart visits South Central Ambulance Service HQ in Bicester

THE Ambulance Service has received praise from one of the city’s MPs.

MP for Milton Keynes South Iain Stewart visited South Central Ambulance Service headquarters in Bicester to witness how the service responds to emergency calls received from Milton Keynes.

From its Bicester headquarters, the service annually receives over 500,000 incidents from areas in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire

During his visit, Mr Stewart listened in on a few 999 emergency calls and learnt that the Service receives a high incidence of calls from the Theatre District of Central Milton Keynes on a Friday night.

He also enjoyed meeting and listening to Eddie Webb, a recipient of the Queen’s medal, who shared experiences from his over 20 years at the frontline of the Ambulance Service.

Mr Stewart said: “I was really impressed by how much work goes on behind the scenes when an emergency call is made. Every second counts in a life and death situation. I felt very reassured by the competence of staff and by knowing that the Service has a clinical support desk that provides advice to callers.”

“I really commend the call handlers, dispatchers, clinicians and all those who work so hard to ensure that the right treatment gets to callers.” he added.

South Central Ambulance Service is encouraging the public to get more involved in its work as volunteers provide its operations with invaluable back up.