Crew

Ben Abbott - HEMS Paramedic

Ben Abbott - HEMS Paramedic

Role: HEMS Paramedic

When did you join Wiltshire Air Ambulance? I started working with WAA in April 2014 in a developmental role and I joined as a full time member of staff in June 2015.

What is your background/training? I joined the London Ambulance Service in March 2009 where I trained as a technician and went on to qualify as a paramedic in 2011. After 3 years in the capital it was time to move back to the countryside where I started working with South Western Ambulance Service. I have worked at a number of stations across the trust and ended up being a mentor paramedic at Bath station before joining Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Since joining the unit I have completed my HEMS training and look forward to doing the PHEM course next year.

What do you love most about your job? Working for the unit is one of the most privileged jobs in the ambulance service. It is a role that challenges my abilities daily and allows us to provide the best care for our patients. Flying in the new aircraft is amazing and I will never get bored of being flown around the county.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: Before joining the ambulance service I was a physiotherapist for a professional rugby club and when I lived in London my next door neighbour was Dame Edna Everage!