London Ambulance Service celebrates 50 years

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London Ambulance Service celebrates 50 years

After eight weeks training, ambulance drivers would ‘scoop and run’ patients straight to hospital with just a stretcher, a splint and breathing apparatus in the back of their vehicle.

That was 50 years ago. 

Today, paramedics carry about 30 types of drugs and are kitted out with defibrillators to restart patients’ hearts.

As the London Ambulance Service celebrates its 50th birthday, Rhian Hughes paid a visit to Deptford Station to find out how things have changed. 

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