Prince William thanks paramedics in King's Lynn

Prince William thanks paramedics in King's Lynn

Published by Beth Pridding
5:21pm 16th June 2020. (Updated at 10:56am 17th June 2020)

The Duke of Cambridge has met with paramedics in King's Lynn today.

Prince William visited the ambulance station at the Queen Elizabeth hospital site and spoke to staff from the hospital and the East of England Ambulance Trust to talk about the COVID-19 outbreak. 

He has thanked medics for their hard work through the pandemic. 

On Instagram, the Duke of Cambridge said: 

"Thank you to the staff of King's Lynn Ambulance, Queen Elizabeth Hospital for welcoming The Duke of Cambridge to their ambulance station, and sharing so candidly their experiences over recent months in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak .

"The Duke heard from the crew about their impact on mental health and wellbeing, the support they have received from members of the public and local businesses, as well as help from volunteering networks. 

"The England Ambulance Service Trust (@EastEnglandAmb) provides round-the-clock accident and emergency services to 6.2 million people living in the East of England, operating over 130 sites and working closely with other blue lights partners to ensure that every patient receives the best possible care.

"In April this year, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge supported the launch of @OurFrontline, an initiative that was created to provide round-the-clock mental health and bereavement support to frontline staff and key workers.

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Thank you to the staff of Kings Lynn Ambulance, Queen Elizabeth Hospital for welcoming The Duke of Cambridge to their ambulance station, and sharing so candidly their experiences over recent months in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Duke heard from the crew about their impact on mental health and wellbeing, the support they have received from members of the public and local businesses, as well as help from volunteering networks. The England Ambulance Service Trust (@EastEnglandAmb) provides round-the-clock accident and emergency services to 6.2 million people living in the East of England, operating over 130 sites and working closely with other blue lights partners to ensure that every patient receives the best possible care. In April this year, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge supported the launch of @OurFrontline, an initiative that was created to provide round-the-clock mental health and bereavement support to frontline staff and key workers.

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Our Frontline works to support all key workers who put themselves at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

The charity offers one-to-one support from trained volunteers, resources, and tips for staff to look after their mental health. 

Senior paramedic at EEAST, Rebecca Endersby, said:

“We are all proud of the work we have done at EEAST during the pandemic. The ambulance service has always considered itself as a family which looks after each other. COVID-19 has shown just how much we care about one another and we are delighted that His Royal Highness recognises this.”

Jess Blamire, who joined the Trust seven months ago as a make ready operative, and has responsibility for cleaning and preparing EEAST’s ambulances before they hit the road, said:

“It was a real privilege that The Duke came to see us and hear about how we are getting through this pandemic.

“He was very interested in what we had to say and the steps we have been taking to keep ourselves and others safe.”