Donation boost for Suffolk responder group
Date: 23 August 2017
A community first responder (CFR) group in Suffolk has received a boost following the donation of two defibrillators.
Volunteers in Bungay have been attending life-threatening medical emergencies since 2006. However, there were fears that the group’s defibrillators could fail as both devices were almost 10 years old.
On Monday (21st August), Bungay CFRs were presented with two new replacement devices by Prof Christopher Hand, Chair of the Bungay Medical Centre Charitable Trust.
Alan Rudd, coordinator of the CFR group, said: “Our sincere thanks to Prof Hand and the charitable trust committee for this donation as it enables us to continue to respond to seriously unwell patients in the community.
Immediate and effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early use of a defibrillator can dramatically increase the chances of survival when someone is in cardiac arrest. This donation will help save lives in the Bungay area.”
An automated external defibrillator (AED) provides a shock that can help restart a heart that has stopped beating.
Community first responders are trained by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) to attend life-threatening medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, patients with breathing difficulties and chest pain, chokings, and allergic reactions. Because they volunteer where they live or work, they can often reach a patient before ambulance staff.
For more information about becoming a CFR, visit http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/join-the-team/community-first-responders
Donation replaces CFR group's defibrillators