London Ambulance Service is joining the nation in celebrating the difference the NHS has made to millions of people’s lives over the last 75 years with a range of events and will display a historic Daimler ambulance outside the Waterloo Road headquarters, which entered service a few months after the birth of the health service in 1948.
A small number of representatives from the Service will also partake in a national celebration at Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to NHS staff and patients. They will include motorcycle paramedic Richard Webb-Stevens, who has campaigned to make the profession more accessible to those with hearing impairments and who received a Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal for distinguished service last year.
To honour the tireless efforts of current ambulance staff and volunteers, the London Ambulance Service Charity will also offer snacks to colleagues across the ambulance stations of the capital ahead of starting their shift.
Daniel Elkeles is Chief Executive of London Ambulance Service. He said,
“The NHS is a huge part of national life touching the lives of every one of us at some point. The selfless dedication and extraordinary sense of duty of those who have worked for the NHS over the past 75 years to provide care has saved or transformed literally millions of lives. My most heartfelt thanks go to everyone who has been part of the history of this much-loved institution.
And to our ambulance crews, control room staff, 111 call handlers, cleaners, mechanics, Make Ready teams and all those who work to keep London Ambulance Service functioning 24 hours a day – I am immensely proud of you and your work is hugely appreciated.”