Photo Booth Hire Novotel London Heathrow Hotel
Our inflatable LED Photo Booth was in action on Saturday at Novotel London Heathrow Hotel in West Drayton for the Xmas party of the London Ambulance Service B5. Thankfully there weren’t any injuries on the night but you couldn’t have been in a better place if there had been !
Novotel London Heathrow Hotel is just a short drive away from Heathrow International Airport, Windsor Castle, LEGOLAND and Stockley Business Park. The 4-star Novotel London Heathrow Hotel is just off the M4 Junction 4.
The London Ambulance Service is the busiest emergency ambulance service in the world.
It may be hard to imagine today, but in the 1890s, if you were injured, it was left to the police, firefighters and even taxi-drivers to staff a fleet of wheeled stretchers, named ‘litters’, to take patients to the nearest hospital or doctor’s surgery.
A full-time ambulance service was established shortly before the turn of the 20th century. The Metropolitan Asylums Board ran just six ambulance stations, each adjoining the Board’s hospitals at Deptford, Fulham, Hampstead, Homerton, Stockwell, and Woolwich. Almost the whole of London fell within a three-mile radius of one of the stations.
Early on, the ambulance fleet was horse-drawn. The first petrol-driven ambulance appeared in 1904 and could carry a single stretcher at up to 15mph.
Major change came in 1930 when the Government announced proposals for the reorganisation of local government in England and Wales, including the transfer of responsibilities for the ambulance service to the county councils. So, on 1 April 1930, the Board’s duties and responsibilities passed to the London County Council, which also took over responsibility for all the hospitals.
As the Second World War approached, an auxillary ambulance service was set up as part of the Government’s civil defence service. Ennis Smith became a well-known figure for she was the youngest ambulance driver at the age of just 16. After the war, she joined London Ambulance Service.
The National Health Service is born
Post-war reorganisation led to the National Health Service Act of 1948. As part of this, for the first time, there was a requirement for ambulances to be available for all those who needed them.
By now, a more recognisable service was beginning to take shape. In the 1950s the London County Council’s ambulance service moved to Headquarters at Waterloo Road, but it was already clear this wouldn’t be large enough. By the early 1960s it was agreed a new headquarters would be built further up Waterloo Road. ‘Londam’, the Service’s newsletter, described it as ‘the promised land’.
A London-wide service was created in 1965 when one ambulance service was formed in London from parts of nine existing services. It comprised nearly 1,000 vehicles and 2,500 staff.
The London Ambulance Service of today, and the skills and capabilities of the staff, bear little resemblance to the Service of even 20 years ago. There are now more than 5,000 staff based at over 70 ambulance stations and support offices across London.
The way they respond to calls is changing too. Staff now attend to patients in cars, and on motorbikes and bicycles, as well as in ambulances. This enables them to reach patients quicker in busy built-up areas. WThey are increasing public access to defibrillators—machines used to restart a patient’s heart when it has stopped beating—and are providing training in how to use this equipment, so that people in the community can provide life-saving treatment while ambulance staff make their way to a call.