Pedal power provides funding boost for CFRs

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Tuesday 9th June 2015 – 11.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith

CFR cycling fundraiser

A Staffordshire Community First Responder has completed a gruelling fund-raising mission by cycling more than 850 miles as he travelled from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Steve Cartlidge, of Gnosall and District Community First Responders, set off with friends Nigel Maddox and Gary Fear on Friday, May 22nd, and completed the journey eight days later having ridden 876 miles.

A keen fund-raiser for Gnosall CFRs, Steve raised about £2,500 throughout his trip, taking his personal total across the years to approximately £15,000.

Despite having done the journey on his own before, in the opposite direction, Steve said it was not all plain sailing this time around.

“We were lucky that we had fairly good weather, apart from a drenching we received on the last day, but this time we used A-roads as opposed to B-roads last time, so…

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When stroke strikes – Act FAST

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Wednesday 20th May 2015 – 9.30am – Steve Parry

The highly acclaimed stroke awareness campaigns have already saved over 4,000 people from long term disability according to Public Health England.

The Act Fast campaign highlighted the fact that problems with speech and weakness in the face and arms should prompt a 999 call for an ambulance. But what happens after that call has been made?

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has released two videos to explain how an emergency ambulance response and immediate treatment by clinicians is vital for patients suffering a stroke.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off because of a blockage in a blood vessel or a bleed in the brain. The time lost in getting treatment results in brain lost, meaning that getting immediate medical attention is absolutely vital, often a life-saver.

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The amazing work of our staff means we have been rated the top performing Trust in the country

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

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Thursday 30th April 2015 – 6.00am – Murray MacGregor.

New figures show that West Midlands Ambulance Service is the highest performing ambulance trust in the country.

Provisional figures show that WMAS came top, out of the ten Trusts, in two of the four target categories, was second in a third category and narrowly came third in the fourth.

The Trust had the highest performance in the country for the most serious calls, Red 1, which includes cases such as cardiac arrests where it achieved over 77% against a target of 75%

Clearly, if we are to get to the most important calls quickly, answering 999 calls in a timely manner is vital. The Trust came top in this category answering over 97% of calls within five seconds; our average call answering time is less than one second.

In the category for getting an ambulance to the most serious calls (A19)…

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Appeal for volunteer lifesavers in Shropshire

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Thursday 12th March 2015 – 9.30am – Chris Kowalik.

Would you like to join West Midlands Ambulance Service’s growing band of volunteer lifesavers?

We’re looking for keen and willing potential recruits in Shropshire for our next Community First Responders (CFRs) training course.

Volunteers are particularly needed in and around Bridgnorth, Cleobury Mortimer, Albrighton, Wem, Much Wenlock, Minsterley, Pontesbury, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Clun Valley, Ludlow, Bishops Castle, Oswestry, St. Martins Ellesmere, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Newport, Shifnal, Cosford and Broseley.

Interviews will take place in Shrewsbury on Sunday 12th April. Successful applicants will undergo a training course spanning four weekends over an eight week period. The course will run over the weekends of April 25th and 26th, May 9th and 10, May 23rd and 24th and June 6th and 7th.

CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained…

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Community Spirit in Alveley Delivers a Defibrillator

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Friday 31st October 2014 – 12.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

A village shop in Shropshire has become the latest public place in the county to be kitted out with emergency lifesaving equipment.

Having a defibrillator in Alveley was the dream of the village’s Patient Group in conjunction with local GPs. The dream became reality through fundraising and donations.

The defibrillator is now housed outside the village’s Londis store. A second defibrillator has also been secured and is due to be housed in the old chapel in the New Year, meaning there will be a defibrillator on either side of the village.

22 people have so far been trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service in its use and in the delivery of CPR. More training sessions are to be arranged.

Paramedic Aimee Yarrington who delivered the training said: “Having the defibrillators here is a big thing for the village and everyone…

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New cars for north Shropshire Community First Responders

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Wednesday 27th August 2014 – 1.40pm – Chris Kowalik.

Volunteer lifesavers in north Shropshire have two new response cars thanks to the generosity of a number of people, businesses and organisations.

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(Pictured above, left to right: John Mitchell (Rotary); Dave Simcock (Rotary); Richard Persson (Rotary President); Ann Mitchell; Roger Gomersill (Market Drayton Rotary President); Helen Persson (Inner Wheel); June Pearce (Inner Wheel); Glen Wilson(Inner Wheel); Kathryn Coddington (Inner Wheel President); Linda Grocott (Grocontinental); Roger Ashton (Wem Rotary); Robin Price, Claire Sadler, Neal Sadler, Rebecca Sadler, William Sadler.)

The cars were launched by North Shropshire Community First Responders at Chester Road Bowling Club in Whitchurch and will be used by its on-call volunteers to attend medical emergencies nearby while an emergency blue-light ambulance service vehicle is en-route.

‘North Shropshire Community First Responders’ is a registered charity run by volunteers who are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised…

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Bridgnorth Community First Responders fundraising for response car

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – 11.10am – Chris Kowalik.

A fundraising campaign has been launched by volunteer lifesavers in Shropshire.

Bridgnorth Community First Responders (CFRs) have their sights set on a response car to help them get to nearby patients in need while an emergency ambulance is en-route.

Community First Responders are everyday members of the public trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service in a number of assessments and basic lifesaving techniques. They then make themselves available ‘on-call’ with the ambulance service’s control room in the event of a medical emergency in their area.

There are currently six active CFRs in Bridgnorth.

Co-ordinator Ian Thompson said: “Currently our volunteers respond in their own cars. A response vehicle for the group would enable us to provide more cover on occasions because people won’t have to rely on their own transport. The car will be a 4×4, which means in treacherous…

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Lucky thirteen ready to respond

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust

CFR course

Thursday 4th September 2014 – 2.00pm – Suzie Wheaton.

Thirteen brand new volunteer lifesavers have successfully passed their assessments and are ready to respond to medical emergencies in their local community.

Community First Responders (CFRs) are member of the public from all walks of life with this cohort of students being no different with a restaurant manager, carers, lifeguards and business sales personnel all giving up their time to help make a difference.

CFRs are groups of volunteers that respond to emergencies on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. All CFRs are trained by the Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level and help to reach those people suffering from medical emergencies in the remote rural communities fast. In many illnesses or injuries the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability.

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