It is with deepest sadness that we must convey the news that our much-loved colleague and dear friend, paramedic Ernie Hatcher, passed away on the morning of 22/01/2019 after a short illness.
Ernie had been working with us at the Peter Baskett Medical Centre in Castle Combe Circuit for nearly 10 years.
To begin with, Ernie worked mainly within the rescue department, but in more recent times was much more involved in the medical training and policy development as the Training and Standards Manager.
Ernie had been a paramedic with South Central Ambulance Service for over 30 years where he was a Clinical Team Leader and Clinical Mentor. He retired from front line work five years ago but continued to do event paramedic work with a number of companies. Approximately 10 years ago, he decided to come to Castle Combe Circuit to become part of the rescue crew. He was an instant hit with all that met him and quickly became part of the furniture.
Ernie’s goal was to have everyone on the circuit trained in basic life support (CPR) and helped Chris and Emma Mason to gain affiliation with the British Heart Foundation. We will continue to strive for the vision that he had.
Ernie’s compassion, humour, stories and professionalism will be greatly missed.
We send our heartfelt sympathies to Carol, his wife, his children and all those who Ernie worked with and could call him a friend.