Praise for our ambos’ efforts
PORT Douglas ambulance officers are feeling the love.
It is not unusual for them to receive gratitude from patients, but two incidents lately have highlighted how much they are appreciated for their good work.
There is a mailbox in front of the station on Port Douglas Rd and last week officer in charge Ian Day opened it to find a letter enclosing a cheque for $500.
It was from a 49-year-old woman who lives in NSW, thanking paramedic Geoff Nash who, she says, saved her life.
She was referring to his emergency treatment when she suffered anaphylactic shock while staying in Port Douglas.
“Thankyou Port Douglas ambos,” she wrote, “for saving me from an early entry to the pearly gates.
“Please accept this donation to purchase whatever you need.”
Ian Day said the money will go to the Local Ambulance Committee.
“We don’t expect it but when these things come along we quietly appreciate it,” Mr Day said,.
“We do get a lot of cards and letters etc.
“That money is much appreciated.”
ASM Day himself was the focus of a letter this month, this time from a woman thanking him for his treatment of her elderly mother who was visiting Port Douglas in early July.
Both women were passengers in a people mover that hit a speed hump in the driveway of a resort.
“My 70-year-old mum was crumpled over in the back seat of a shuttle bus, pale with fear and trembling in shock with a crushed vertebrae and two fractures in her spine, unable to move, and struggling to breathe in her state of panic.
“Ian Day arrived within minutes of my call to 000 and I felt nothing other than absolute relief and utter gratitude for the impeccable job that he and supporting Officers performed,” the woman wrote.
“His manner was flawless from the moment he attended the scene, taking full control in confidently handling a very distressing situation, getting Mum safely into a back brace and other supports within a very tight, tricky and awkward position in the bus, enabling Mum to be lifted out on a stretcher and into the Ambulance.
I would like to acknowledge not only the physical aspects of what an amazing job he did, but also the emotional ones.
“Thank you from the bottom of mine and my family’s heart.”