Students get a glimpse of life on ambulances

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Students from Barnsley College found out what it takes to transport some of the country’s sickest children when they visited a specialist ambulance service.

Dodworth-based Embrace, part of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, runs 24 hours a day carrying poorly youngsters between hospitals by road and air.

Health and social care students from the college were taken on a tour of the service’s base near the M1, and were given the chance to sit in one of its specially-adapted ambulances.

Staff from Embrace recently starred in the BBC Two documentary series Children’s Emergency Rescue.

Karen Mason, Barnsley College course leader, said: “The students were not aware that there was such a specialised service based on their doorstep until they saw the programme.

“The idea of the visit is to raise aspirations for our students and help to show them the range of careers available in the industry.”

Student Shannon Jones, aged 18, said she found the visit both ‘inspiring and amazing’.

Shannon said: “It’s definitely made me think about becoming an ambulance driver.”