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Southwest Medical Services

About Southwest Medical Services

Southwest Medical Services provides professional, affordable medical cover and first aid training. Our staff are either medical professionals or emergency services personnel thus ensuring the highest standards and most up-to-date protocol. We believe it’s important that your instructor or clinician not only knows what they are doing but regularly works putting those skills to use on real patients.

We are a small company that prides itself on affordability, professionalism, reputation and customer satisfaction. Feedback from clients is available to view on this site. All our staff hold professional qualifications and profiles of staff allocated to your event or training session can be made available to you.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your medical cover or first aid training requirements.

Our staff:

Chris Parsons
Paramedic/Proprietor

I’ve worked for the Great Western Ambulance Service (formerly Avon Ambulance) for over 10 years, starting work on the Patient Transport Service before qualifying as an Ambulance Technician and more recently passing the Paramedic Science Foundation Degree at the University of the West of England (UWE) with distinction. I spent my first 8 years working from Nailsea station, recently completed a six months stint working on the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) from Bristol Central Station and currently working as a Paramedic Mentor in Weston-super-Mare. I run Southwest Medical Services during my “spare” time and am extremely grateful for the small but superb team of instructors and clinicians that support me in this. I am married to Carolyn and have two children, Josh (6) and Ellie (4), and again, am extremely grateful for their continued support.

Fred Le Ouedec
First Aid Instructor

Freddy was our first freelance instructor and has now been with us for over 5 years. His extensive experience, not only from the French military but also as a qualified Firefighter and Ambulance First Responder, is a great asset and he is more than happy to share some of his stories and experiences to emphasise a learning need. His relaxed, humorous and no nonsense approach to first aid training is always enjoyed and hopefully will stick in your mind for the day you need it!

Andy Baker
First Aid Instructor

Andy joined SMS in 2009 as a freelance instructor and is now an integral part of our training team. Andy is an ex Royal Marine Commando and served as a combat medic in Iraq 2003. He now works for Avon Fire and Rescue where he is a trauma care instructor and water rescue technician. He brings a wealth of experience with him that makes his training relevant and interesting. Andy’s course feedback consistently reflects his high standard of instruction.

Paul Clarke
First Aid Instructor / Emergency Care Assistant

Paul has worked for the Great Western Ambulance Service for the past 8 years. He started as a 999 call taker and progressed to Dispatch Officer prior to training as an Emergency Care Assistant working on front line ambulances which he has done since 2007. Alongside his current role Paul is studying for a Paramedic Science foundation degree with the Open University. Paul also works as a retained Firefighter with Avon Fire & Rescue which he has done for 11yrs and is also a Trauma Care Instructor for them. Paul works for SMS as a freelance instructor and also provides medical cover.

Dan Milling
Paramedic

Dan studied Paramedic Science at Coventry University and graduated with a foundation degree in 2009. He joined South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (formerly Great Western Ambulance) in 2010 and works at Churchill ambulance station on a double manned ambulance. He is a qualified mentor and is involved in the development of undergraduate students whilst also working occasional shifts on rapid response vehicles.

He has been working with us on the events team since 2012.

Bess Mills
Paramedic

Bess joined South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (formerly Avon Ambulance) in 2000 on their patient transport service, moving to the accident and emergency service and qualifying as an Ambulance Technician in 2001. She then completed her Paramedic training in 2005 and currently works part-time at Churchill ambulance station whilst also providing mentorship to undergraduate students when required. She is active within the community responder team both as a staff responder and responder liaison officer (RLO) in the Weston and Chew Valley area providing ongoing first responder training and assessment.

Bess joined our events team in 2012 where she works regularly with us.