Cel­e­brat­ing a year of life sup­port with Holis­tic EMS

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PRI­VATE am­bu­lance ser­vice Holis­tic EMS (Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices), opened in Port Al­fred in June last year and has be­come a wel­come and com­fort­ing sight in the com­mu­nity.

The emer­gency care and res­cue ser­vice is avail­able and spe­cialises in trauma and med­i­cal cases, ICU trans­fers, neona­tal trans­fers, as well as of­fer­ing first aid train­ing and is avail­able for events to en­sure safety for all. Holis­tic EMS is a 24-hour ser­vice avail­able to the com­mu­nity.

Holis­tic EMS is headed by op­er­a­tional man­ager and ad­vanced life sup­port para­medic Karen Ro­mans, who has a Na­tional Di­ploma in emer­gency med­i­cal care and res­cue from Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy. The other mem­bers of the team are Maleck­ias Chi­rombe who is a ba­sic am­bu­lance as­sis­tant (BAA), along with fel­low BAAs Pumela Kit­shini and Al­fred Beja. Join­ing the team is the owner of Holis­tic EMS, Si­bongiseni Ntensa, who is a BTech with a BA in Emer­gency Care and Res­cue.

“In our first year we have re­ceived great sup­port from the com­mu­nity and we have been in­volved with nu­mer­ous res­cue cases, ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents and worked closed with the SAPS and Sky Se­cu­rity. We are ex­cited for the fu­ture as we con­tinue to grow and I am proud of the high qual­ity of care we give to the com­mu­nity in which we serve,” Ro­mans said.

“We chose the name Holis­tic be­cause we care for the body, mind and spirit of the per­son, and be­cause of our de­sire to give back to the com­mu­nity.”

Ro­mans was a dec­o­rated po­lice of­fi­cer, ex-traf­fic of­fi­cer and mis­sion­ary and has pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing for Gov­ern­ment EMS, Net­care and ER24, and has been in the emer­gency care in­dus­try for 33 years. She was one of the pi­o­neers of the mo­tor­cy­cle re­sponse unit at Net­care in Pre­to­ria.

“I am a pas­sion­ate para­medic – I have a pas­sion for pa­tient care and know my pa­tients are go­ing to get good ser­vice and good care.

The Holis­tic EMS of­fice num­ber is 063-460-0042, or e-mail or

Pic­ture: BRYAN SMITH

LIFE SAVERS: Holis­tic EMS ba­sic am­bu­lance as­sis­tant Maleck­ias Chi­rombe, left, and op­er­a­tional man­ager Karen Ro­mans with their ve­hi­cle which has been a wel­come sight in the com­mu­nity for the past year. They look for­ward to serv­ing the com­mu­nity for many more years to come

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