Advent Calendar Window 9 – Dave Pritchard, Community Paramedic

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Dave Pritchard

Job Title:

Community Paramedic



Length of Service:

10 years

Role within West Midlands Ambulance Service:

I respond to a variety of different patient groups in the community. I then assess their condition and clinical requirements which then allows me to decide on the best course of action for the patient instead of just sending them to hospital.
The community paramedic job is important because it helps ease the pressure on hospitals and ambulance crews and this is achieved through additional training in clinical assessment and a close working relationship with GPs, district nurses etc. in the area.
I enjoy my job because I feel I make a difference. I find a lot of patients these days, particularly the elderly think I will automatically take them to hospital and they can become quite anxious about it.
They don’t expect such a thorough examination from paramedics and they are much happier when there is no need to be taken to hospital as in many cases treatment can be provided within their community.
It can be an education to them that there are other ways they can be treated locally.

Christmas Day Plans:

I am looking forward to spending Christmas day with my wife and young son.

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