News and Media News Crew Recognised for Exceptional Care Dr Oli and Paramedics Andy and Neil continued a season of success as they were awarded the 999 Person of the Year Award at the Ambies. The South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) annual Ambies awards event celebrates the dedication and commitment shown by staff. Just a few weeks after Dr Syed picked up the Association of Air Ambulances’ Doctor of the Year Award, these three were recognised for their exceptional care and clinical skills. Their award was directly related to a serious and testing incident earlier this year, when the crew performed a pre-hospital amputation to release a patient from a van. After anaesthetising the patient at the scene, Dr Oli took the very difficult decision to surgically amputate the patient’s leg at the scene of the incident. The crew with the upmost professionalism, worked with great teamwork to help keep the patient alive. Performing this exceptional level of care, under such pressure was an amazing example of truly amazing patient care. Without these three inspirational people, the patient may not have survived. Upon receiving the award, Dr Oli said, “We were grateful to accept the award on behalf of all those involved in the incident. It was a real team effort, from the initial private crew, the off-duty paramedics and doctors who stopped to help, and all the agencies who worked so well together. “Thank you also to all those who support Thames Valley Air Ambulance allowing us to do what we do.” TVAA CEO Amanda was pleased that the trio had been recognised for their work, “I’m thrilled for Oli, Andy and Neil – their dedication and skill are incredible. This specific incident shows an outstanding level of medical care at the scene of the incident and highlights the advancements of pre-hospital emergency medicine (PHEM) led by TVAA and SCAS.” “I think I speak on behalf of everyone at TVAA and all our supporters when I say we are all incredibly proud and grateful to have Oli, Andy and Neil part of our team.” For more information about the prestigious black tie event, visit the SCAS website.