Giving the children at EACH the special ‘tree-tment’

An ambulance with its loud siren and flashing lights can be extremely frightening and stressful for a lot of people, especially for children.

With this in mind, colleagues from Ipswich station attended the East Anglian Children's Hospice's Treefest event last month, keen to talk with  children and families who have had to use the service to help take the fear away. 

With an ambulance for the children to look around in a relaxed and fun environment, and with crews to talk to and explain some of the equipment, they helped to break down the barriers  that a lot of the children at the Hospice already associated with times when they were very unwell.

Kim Sage, Student Paramedic said: "We had such a lovely day talking the children and their families.

“We got to hear lots of stories about what they have been through themselves. It was especially touching to see Issac (pictured in yellow) who suffered a cardiac arrest at his home and was saved by our colleagues, get to have a play in the ambulance.

“Despite some frightening ordeals, the families were all very thankful for the quick arrival of crews and the care they received.”

Published 14th August, 2017

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