A special delivery in Black Notley

Date: 05 September 2018

Ambulance staff Tracy Brookes , Sophie Copsey and Paul Mann meet Baby Amya

Ambulance service staff have been reunited with a premature baby who was delivered successfully thanks to life-saving phone advice.

Baby Amya was delivered at home in Black Notley, Braintree, when her mother Jess Griffiths, 24, went into early labour at just 25 weeks’ pregnant.

At the reunion last month (August) Jess, Dean and Amya, now six months’ old, had the chance to meet the 999 team from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, who brought the baby into the world.

Emergency Call Handler Tracy Brookes, based at the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre in Chelmsford, took the 999 call and orchestrated the “remarkable delivery” over the phone.

Dispatcher Paul Mann allocated the appropriate resources to the emergency call, supported by Sophie Copsey, Dispatch Team Leader, while Tracy continued to aid the parents over the telephone.

Three ambulance crews attended and delivered high-quality care to Jess and Amya before taking them safely to hospital. The staff on scene were Jennifer Davies, Bryony Young, Wayne Gilder, Mark Sherman, Dave Weightman, alongside specialist paramedics Dan Springett and Sarah Ford.

The family visited Great Notley ambulance case to meet Mark, Sarah and Dan, who attended on the night to care for the family.

Wesley Routledge, HART Manager at Great Notley, said: “Both mum and baby are doing really well. This is a really good example of great teamwork and excellent clinical care.”

Following the family visiting the EOC centre to meet those staff who helped on the 999 call, Duty Manager Natalie Gregory said: “We are all so glad for her happy ending and to see her thriving now at six months old.”

All emergency call handlers at EEAST are trained to the standard of Advanced Emergency Medical Dispatcher, using the Medical Priority Dispatch System to triage 999 calls and provide essential instructions to callers on a range of scenarios such as childbirth, resuscitation, choking and many more.

  • Summary:

    Ambulance service staff have been reunited with a premature baby who was delivered successfully thanks to life-saving phone advice.