Student Paramedic Fired For Offering Bereavement Advice To Patient Who Lost Baby

Patient, Kerry Geoghan (l) and ambulance technician, Sian Holloway (r) Credit: BPM media

An ambulance technician has allegedly been sacked after offering bereavement advice and visiting a grieving patient who had just lost her baby.

Sian Holloway, from Birmingham, was among the crew who responded to a 999 call on October 6th last year after Kerry Geoghan went into early labour. Sadly, Miss Geoghan lost her baby after the premature delivery.

Yet Sian, who was training as a student paramedic at the time, was later allegedly sacked by West Midlands Ambulance bosses after visiting Kerry hours after the tragedy at the end of her shift - when she is said to have offered bereavement advice. The mum-of-four is also said to have made a second visit to grieving Kerry days later and again offered her support and advice.

West Midlands Ambulance Service denied the claims over the reason for the dismissal - and insisted it had followed "a fair process in regards to Ms Hollyway’s employment."

Angry Kerry has now launched a petition to get Sian her post back and has already collected an astonishing 7,000 signatures. She has set up a website, called Give Sian Her Job Back, detailing her story. Kerry wrote:

“She gave me advice and pointed me in the direction of help, such as my GP, charities and support groups. Everything I needed, everything my family needed after losing a baby.

"From the onset Sian was amazing, everything was about me and she was so attentive and caring. She looked after me so well. She offered words of support and advice and stayed with me the entire time.

“I had to go alone to the hospital as the other paramedic would not let my sister come as she was only 14. But Sian made me feel safe at a time when I needed my family but was alone.”

Kerry said Sian also visited her after her shift finished, offering her support and advice, and then visited her again days later. She added:

“West Midlands Ambulance Service has fired her for this, something I cannot understand - no one understands. Sian is great at what she does and should be given her job back.

“We need healthcare professionals to care, we need them to go above and beyond and make positive differences - especially in these situations.

Former Coventry University student Sian declined to comment. West Midlands Ambulance Service issued a statement about the claims. It said:

"The Trust is aware of the petition regarding Sian Holloway and a campaign to give her her job back. Unfortunately, the petition does not give a full sense of the background to this case and it would be quite wrong to suggest that Ms Holloway was dismissed for the care she provided to this patient.

"Patient care is of the highest importance to the Trust. We have robust processes in place when considering issues regarding our employees and the standards we expect from them.

"We will take all reasonable steps to ensure those standards are maintained. We followed a fair process in regards to Ms Holloway’s employment."


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