Stevie Hannah

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practice 2019
Team Leader Paramedic
Scottish Ambulance Service

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Tell us in more detail what your role entails, what challenges you currently face, and how you are finding ways to cope.

I have been a paramedic for 27yrs but only decided to try the Paramedic Practice degree a few years ago and thankfully I was successful in gaining the BSc.

Working within Special Operations is a very challenging occupation. As a team of seven we only attend the most severe incidents which can range from serious RTC to Firearms , Major Incidents etc. 

I have personally attended The Clutha Incident (very challenging personally as I worked for eight years on the Ambulance Helicopter and knew the crew) , George Square bin Lorry crash , fire at Cameron House and the chemical incident at Silverburn so you can see the job is varied from day to day.

We having been dealing with Covid 19 patients from the first suspected case in Scotland which if memory serves was early February and coping with such incidents can be hard but we talk through every incident as a team which we find works well. I also like to run and keep fit as I can , fortunately as there is no school run I have a wee but more time to myself.

Do you have a top tip for coping at a time of crisis? Or a few words of advice or support for fellow students and alumni on the front line?

The only advice I can give is stay safe. Be yourself as your training will take over. You will be surprised at just how much knowledge you have and how you will cope at this time, don't be scared to ask for help and that includes me if anyone needs to chat.