Students provide the local area with lifesaving treatment

Posted by ep256 at Mar 16, 2018 10:24 AM |
Leicester University Community First Responders (LUCFR) provide 999 first-responder services in partnership with the East Midlands Ambulance Service

LUCFR are a group of trained student volunteers who will be responding to patients in the local community, supporting the East Midlands Ambulance Service. The scheme has been started to reduce the time taken for life-saving treatment to be given to local people suffering from medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, convulsions and unconsciousness.

The 32 volunteers on the scheme are all students and will volunteer in their spare time to respond to 999 calls. As community responders are people in the local community, they are often much closer to incidents and are able to arrive within minutes before the ambulance crew arrives.

As it is a new scheme, there are a number of new items needed in order for it to become fully operational. The team have been fortunate enough to secure a lease car, but still need many other items such as response kits that include oxygen cylinders and an automated external defibrillator, various items of uniform and training equipment.

LUCFR have been awarded one of the 10 Santander Student Impact Fund awards, where Santander will provide LUCFR with 50% funding (up to £2000) to help to reach their target.

You can find out more about the team and how to donate here.

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