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Ageas Bowl to act as a hub for South Central Ambulance Service training

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) has begun utilising space at the Ageas Bowl to run and administer training courses and education programmes.

The space, four hospitality suites within the venue’s Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie stand, has been offered to SCAS by the Ageas Bowl to help to support the efforts of the NHS during these difficult times, and will primarily be used to train both new recruits and existing staff over the course of the next two months.

As well as teaching existing and new paramedics and emergency care assistants, the space will also be utilised to host recertification courses, geared to update and support existing NHS staff during the fight against COVID-19, as well as to deliver emergency driving courses aimed at teaching new staff how to safely and effectively drive ambulances in emergency and non-emergency conditions.

David Mann, Chief Executive at the Ageas Bowl, said: "We are delighted to be able to assist South Central Ambulance Service at a crucial time in their ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The facilities we have on-site have enabled us to offer suitable space for SCAS’s training and education programmes and we’re pleased to be able to support given the incredible efforts and sacrifice of the NHS and all its staff.’’

SCAS typically host their southern training and education courses – for crews from across Hampshire and south Berkshire – from an ambulance station; however, by moving their training and education programmes to the Ageas Bowl, SCAS have been able to train more staff in the response to COVID-19.

Stuart Warner, Head of Education at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘The nature of the space made available at the Ageas Bowl will enable us to safely and effectively practice social distancing which will protect our staff and those who are embarking on their careers with the ambulance service.  We are hugely grateful for the amazing kindness and generosity our friends at the Ageas Bowl have shown us, and we look forward to utilising their fantastic facilities to support our students whilst they train to bring care and treatment to our patients during COVID-19 and into the future.’’

The Ageas Bowl is set to host the 1st Test between England and West Indies, if international cricket returns behind closed doors in July. The venue, along with the ECB, have agreed a system and procedures to allow the South Central Ambulance Service to continue to utilise the space afforded to them at the Ageas Bowl during this time without compromising the venue’s bio-secure environment.

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