Thumbs up for St John vol­un­teers

Albany Extra - - Extra | News - Tim Edmunds

St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers are prov­ing crit­i­cal in the Great South­ern, with re­cent life­sav­ing in­ter­ven­tion and new re­search show­ing clin­i­cal vol­un­teers are as equipped as pro­fes­sional ca­reer paramedics in other States and over­seas.

St John Am­bu­lance Great South­ern re­gional man­ager Cas­san­dra Hughes said the 382 vol­un­teers across the Great South­ern worked along­side paramedics and re­ceived the level of train­ing equal to ca­reer paramedics in North Amer­ica and Europe

She said a re­cent call-out in which a pa­tient was suc­cess­fully re­sus­ci­tated by clin­i­cal vol­un­teers high­lighted their im­por­tance to the am­bu­lance ser­vice in the re­gion.

“It was a com­plex case and they were ac­tu­ally able to re­vive the pa­tient,” Ms Hughes said.

“In the last few months we have re­ceived com­men­da­tions from the hos­pi­tal on how well our vol­un­teers have treated and trans­ported pa­tients.”

St John Am­bu­lance Ser­vice gen­eral

Our vol­un­teers are in­cred­i­bly com­mit­ted and ded­i­cated.

Cas­san­dra Hughes

man­ager Ju­lian Smith said more than 3700 clin­i­cal vol­un­teers across re­gional WA had train­ing equal to that un­der­taken by emer­gency med­i­cal tech­ni­cians in some over­seas am­bu­lance ser­vices.

“It is in­cor­rect to as­sume that just be­cause some­one is a vol­un­teer they’re less able to han­dle emer­gency sit­u­a­tions and pro­vide the high­est level of pa­tient care,” he said.

Ms Hughes said the re­ten­tion of clin­i­cal vol­un­teers was high in the Great South­ern and St John was about to un­der­take a re­cruit­ment cam­paign.

“Our vol­un­teers are in­cred­i­bly com­mit­ted and ded­i­cated,” she said. “The com­mu­nity have a lot of faith and trust in paramedics and clin­i­cal vol­un­teers. The trust is in the green uni­form.”

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

St John Am­bu­lance clin­i­cal vol­un­teers Jeremy El­lis and Denise John­son.

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