Praise for our ambos
ANAPHYLAXIS is a potentially life threatening allergic reaction and should always be treated as a medical emergency.
One Gin Gin local knows firsthand the dangers of an allergic reaction and getting help before it’s too late.
Gary Skipper has been managing his condition for more than nine years.
The complicated medical condition has resulted in numerous hospital visits and a long list of medications he has reacted to in the past.
He requires regular hospital visits and tests and in the past year has had two situations requiring ambulance assistance.
Mr Skipper said he did not remember too much from the recent incident, apart from the reassurance from the ambulance officer saying everything was going to be all right.
“My condition is not noticeable and you don’t know I have it till I have a reaction,” Mr Skipper said.
Gin Gin ambulance officer Mel Bayntun said she saw people at their most vulnerable and it was important to respect and reassure the patient.
Mr Skipper said he could not thank Ms Bayntun and Tai Blissett enough.
“I want the community to know how much I appreciate what they have done for me,” he said.
“I have battled with my condition and have had bad experiences in the past with hospitals.”
Mr Skipper said he wanted to thank Ms Bayntun and all the medical staff at the Gin Gin hospital for all their support and caring nature.
“Ambulance officers need more thanks for all their hard work; I truly appreciate everything Mel has done for me,” he said.
“Mel is a credit to the Queensland Ambulance Service and I want to recognise her and give thanks.”
Ms Bayntun said she was flattered by the gratitude shown by Mr Skipper and said it was rare to receive a thank you.
“I was only doing my job and I enjoy being an ambulance officer,” she said.
GIVING THANKS: Gary Skipper thanks the hardworking ambulance officers of Gin Gin, Mel Bayntun and Tai Blissett, for their care and attention.