We at Cornwall Training have joined forces with South West Ambulance Service Trust to become a team of Community Responders covering the local community of St Austell.
So what is a Community Responder?
Every day, Responders from across the South West attend medical emergencies which are life threatening calls, within their local communities. Sometimes it is providing reassurance prior to the arrival of an ambulance; sometimes it is saving someone’s life.
CFRs attend particular types of medical emergencies where it is essential for the patient to receive immediate life-saving care. This includes conditions such as:
- cardiac arrest;
- chest pain;
- breathing difficulties;
- unconscious patients;
As the team at Cornwall Training, who train First Aid to local businesses and individuals, it was the next logical step to take lifesaving skills to who need them. The team of 3 led by the directors give the time to the employees to train and respond during working hours. The team then take it in turn to take the kit home and respond from there if they wish to.
The team are all volunteers and get no payment for any jobs they do, so we will be looking to set up some fundraising to keep this vital community service running and growing in St Austell.
On the first day of being live after weeks of training, HR paperwork, DBS checks and training with ambulance crews, we had 6 jobs, all from calls for help in the St Austell community.
In a life-threatening emergency
Always call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk.
Examples of medical emergencies include (but are not limited to):
- chest pain
- difficulty in breathing
- severe loss of blood
- severe burns or scalds
- fitting or concussion
- severe allergic reactions.
When it’s not a life-threatening emergency
If it is not a life-threatening emergency and you, or the person you are with, do not need immediate medical attention, consider other options before you dial 999:
- Look after yourself or the patient at home. If you cannot stay at home, see if family or friends are able to help.
- Talk to your local pharmacist.
- Visit or call your GP.
- Call NHS 111.
- Visit the NHS Choices website.
- Make your own way to your local A&E department, walk-in centre, minor injuries unit or urgent care centre. (Arriving in an ambulance does not necessarily mean you will be treated more quickly.)
If you think you have what it takes to be a responder and support your community take a look HERE SWAST RESPONDERS for more information