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Funding for volunteer responder team in Cornwall community

Funding for volunteer responder team in Cornwall community

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:29am 11th October 2019.

A community in Cornwall is set to receive even better emergency care thanks to funding for a volunteer responder team.

The South Western Ambulance Service Charity was awarded £3,582 from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme, which will enable the Tamar Valley Community First Responders (CFRs) to enhance the level of patient care they deliver in the local area.

The funding has provided a lifting device for responders to use on patients who have had non-injury falls, but are unable to get up.

It has also been used to purchase other medical equipment, including blood pressure monitor and thermometer for the group.

The funding comes as SWASFT recruits new CFRs in Looe, Callington, Bude, Camelford, Porthleven and Helston. 

"We are delighted to have received this funding thanks to Tesco and the community of Callington.

"The new equipment we have now purchased will enable us to further support the local community in a robust and safe way. It is a great investment for the local area.

"Our volunteers give their time freely to help support SWASFT and our patients; and this funding will help them to provide more enhanced care for those in need. Thank you to everyone who voted for us."

Julia Cleeland-Smith, SWASFT County Responder Officer for Cornwall

The Bags of Help scheme sees grants of up to £5,000 - raised from the 5p bag levy - being awarded to local community projects every month. Customers vote for a local project using a token given to them at a store check-out.

The lifting equipment enables responders to move non-injury falls patients from the floor to a sitting or standing position. It helps reduce extended waits and complications associated with long lies on the floor.

This scheme ensures the most appropriate resource is allocated to an incident, enabling ambulances to be sent to patients who have the highest clinical need. 

CFRs are trained volunteers who attend emergency incidents on behalf of SWASFT within their local communities. They respond to particular types of 999 calls where it is essential for the patient to receive immediate lifesaving care. 

These include conditions such as cardiac arrest, chest pain, breathing difficulties, unconscious patients, fitting and stroke.

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