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ERS Medical Wins Patient Transport Contract for University Hospital of North Midlands Trust (UHNM)

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Following a comprehensive procurement process, national health and social care transport provider ERS Medical has been awarded a patient transport contract for University Hospital of North Midlands Trust (UHNM).

The four-year contract will see ERS Medical provide non-emergency and high dependency patient transport services covering Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent and County Hospital in Stafford.

Starting on 1st June 2021, the service will transport 12,000 patients each year. Patients will be of varying clinical acuities, ranging from time critical and unstable patients who require intensive care to patients who are stable, but still requiring hospital treatment.

University Hospital of North Midlands Trust (UHNM) Trust. Photo credit: UHNM Trust

Andrew Pooley, Managing Director at ERS Medical said: “We’re delighted to win this contract for UHNM. At ERS, we focus on delivering a quality service to our NHS clients that is centred around patient care and experience.’

Andrew Pooley, Managing Director,
ERS Medical

“Securing this contract demonstrates our continued commitment to this unwavering focus and we look forward to working closely with the Trust.”

Claire Mackirdy, UHNM Director of Operations – County & Community, says: “UHNM are looking forward to working in partnership with ERS ensuring a high quality service for our patients.”

ERS Medical is the UK’s leading health and social care transport provider. As an integrated healthcare transport solution, the business supports the NHS with a reliable and caring service.

See www.ersmedical.co.uk for more information.

Barry’s Half-Century of Saving Lives in North Wales

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An ambulance service stalwart is celebrating a half-century of saving lives in North Wales.

Fifty years ago today, on 08 June 1970, an 18-year-old Barry Davies from Drury, Flintshire, joined the ambulance service inspired by a childhood in the St John Ambulance Cadets.

Barry, now 68, began his career as an Ambulance Technician and has seen the organisation evolve from a small-scale local operation to Wales’ national ambulance service.

Barry accepts an award for 40 years’ service at a staff awards ceremony.

He now works for the Trust’s Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service, based in Wrexham.

Barry said: “I joined the St John Ambulance Cadets when I was 12, so going on to work for the ambulance service was a natural progression.’

“Back then you were an ‘ambulance man’ and you did everything; the emergencies, the non-urgent hospital transfers and everything in between.’

Barry as an Ambulance Technician at Flint Ambulance Station in the 1970s.

“Eventually, I went off to Wrenbury in Cheshire to do my Ambulance Technician training and that’s how I spent my first 30 years in the service, based out of Flint Ambulance Station.’

“The call that stands out in my mind is the time we delivered a baby in a card shop in Flint.’

“You see everything in this job – nothing surprises me anymore!”

In 2007, Barry transferred to Mold Ambulance Station and was one of the first to join the Trust’s new High Dependency Service, now known as the Urgent Care Service.

He later joined the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service as an Ambulance Care Assistant having retired briefly and returned to the organisation.

Barry said: “I’ve watched our ambulance service evolve from Clwyd Ambulance Service to the North Wales Ambulance Service to the Welsh Ambulance Service it is today.’

“When I look back, I feel immensely proud. It’s absolutely flown by but I have such fond memories.”

Barry’s wife Lindsey is an Emergency Medical Technician based at Dobshill, Flintshire.

Barry and his Emergency Medical Technician wife, Lindsey Davies.

Lindsey, originally of Afonwen, also has 35 years’ service under her belt –— together the couple have served the people of North Wales for 85 years combined.

The pair enjoy gardening and travelling, and celebrated the New Year in South Africa.

Jason Killens, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “Fifty years is an incredible length of service and we’re so grateful and fortunate to have a colleague of long-standing like Barry.’

Jason Killens,
Chief Executive,
Welsh Ambulance Service

“Barry has helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people over the years, many of whom would not be walking around Wales today if it were not for his skill and dedication.

“He’s an extraordinary man who has committed his life to making sure people are taken care of.”

Wayne Davies, the Trust’s Locality Manager for Wrexham in Flintshire, said: “Barry is a well-liked and well-respected colleague, having served communities across North Wales for 50 years.

“Together with Lindsey, they are an incredible duo, and we thank them both for their service.”

Joe Lewis, General Manager for the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service in North Wales, added: “CongratulationsBarry on a half-century of service.

“The people in North Wales are lucky to have you and long may you continue to serve them.”

Barry will celebrate 50 years’ service today with socially-distanced tea and cake with his colleagues on station.

“They’re still making me bring the cakes though,” he added.