Christmas Day for many is one of frantic present opening, over-indulgence and Christmas TV. But for the crew of Thames Valley Air Ambulance it's slightly different. 

Lisa, a TVAA Paramedic, will be on duty over the Christmas period and explains what this is like.


What will be your duties on Christmas Day this year, and what hours are you working?

We are working two shifts on Christmas Day this year. Start time for the day shift is 08.30 – 18.00 and late shift start time is 17.00 - 02.00. We hand over from day to night from 17.00 onwards and the day crew are responsible for all calls to incidents until hand over is completed.

Have you ever worked on Christmas Day before, and how are you feeling about it this year?


I have worked Christmas days in the past as I have been with the Ambulance Service for 17 years. This will be my first Christmas working on HEMS but not the first for my colleague Andy. I feel it is my duty to work Christmas day as this is a job that requires 24/7 emergency cover.

Who would you normally spend the day with?

If at home it would be with my family, however my partner is one of our Air Ambulance pilots so often has to work Christmas Day - he is off this year. This Christmas will be spent with my colleagues Andy and Pilot Dave.

Will you get to do the normal Christmas Day things on another day, like Boxing Day?

My family Christmas will be on another day this year and my son is still happy that he will see me for a bit in the morning before I leave for work. I am also working Boxing Day so my Christmas Day will be my next available day off and I have already made plans to see my family and in-laws after the festive period.


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