Local paramedic honoured by patient
IT’S not often paramedics get to find out the end of a patient’s story.
“We’re left wondering what happened to that patient, did they survive or did they die?” said QAS paramedic Anthony Wemm.
“To see the patient come in to say thank you gives us drive for doing our job, gives us pride in our job, and also helps build our mental resilience from doing a really good job.”
He explained that paramedics invested a lot into responding to incidents and helping patients, but often transporting them to the hospital was the end of the story.
“That’s pretty much the end of it for us.”
So for Anthony it was a real treat to be paid a visit by Jeff Wright from Townsville last month.
Anthony and three other paramedics were personally thanked by Mr Wright, who was critically injured when struck by a car while riding his motorcycle on the Captain Cook Hwy in late August.
Anthony ended up on the job despite not even being rostered on.
“On that day I was travelling down to Cairns to do some shopping and I saw an ambulance parked and then I saw the crashed up motorbike and the van.
“I saw a single paramedic on the road so that's when I jump- ed out.
“We as paramedics are more than willing to jump out and give a hand.”
It was just part of the life of a paramedic working in the community.
“As part of our duties we drive back and forwards between Cairns and Mossman, and there are times that we do come across accidents or we are the closest unit where we have to respond to accidents.
“We do come across accidents that we’re not expecting – we’re the first people on the scene.”
He said the Mossman and Port Douglas community was highly respectful of the QAS.
“They have a very high level and trust towards the ambulance service.
“That’s what my personal opinion is.
“As a front line worker, you see the sigh of relief when the QAS turns up.”
For Jeff Wright, his story ended with a lot of hardship, but he’s thankful for the QAS, handing out medals to the four paramedics that helped save his life.
He is now a paraplegic and as well needed a full facial reconstruction.
We do come across accidents that we’re not expecting – we’re the first people on the scene Anthony Wemm, Mossman paramedic
Local paramedic Anthony Wemm says the community trusts their ambos.