Vol­un­teer ‘giv­ing back to com­mu­nity’

Re­tired man will re­spond to life-threat­en­ing emer­gen­cies after tak­ing train­ing course

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A VOL­UN­TEER with an am­bu­lance ser­vice says that he put him­self for­ward for the role be­cause he ‘wanted to give some­thing back’ to the com­mu­nity.

Paul Highett-Smith of Holt­spur, Bea­cons­field, has re­cently com­pleted his train­ing with the South Cen­tral Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, along with three other vol­un­teers.

The group un­der­took a two-day train­ing course at Wex­ham Am­bu­lance Sta­tion, in Slough, run by Marc Lis­ter, a para­medic and com­mu­nity li­ai­son of­fi­cer.

They then ob­served a shift with a front line rapid re­sponse ve­hi­cle watch­ing clin­i­cians at work in or­der to gain an un­der­stand­ing of how the ser­vice deals with pa­tients ev­ery day.

Mr Highett-Smith, who is re­cently re­tired after work­ing for a med­i­cal

Paul Highett-Smith (right) with fel­low vol­un­teers Grant Luck­man, Ni­cole Prof­fitt and Les Owen company said: “I’ve been in­ter­ested in med­i­cal things for the past 15 years be­cause of my job. I re­tired in June this year and I wanted to put some­thing back into the com­mu­nity.

“I heard about vol­un­teer­ing with the am­bu­lance ser­vice and de­cided it was some­thing I’d like to be in­volved in.”

The vol­un­teers will re­spond to life threat­en­ing emer­gen­cies in­clud­ing car­diac ar­rests, heart at­tacks, strokes, seizures, di­a­betic emer­gen­cies, chil­dren’s ill­nesses and in­juries and other con­di­tions.

They will be equipped with a med­i­cal rucksack which will con­tain oxy­gen, ban­dages and air­way man­age­ment de­vices and will vol­un­teer a min­i­mum of 20 hours per month.

Mr Highett-Smith said: “It was quite an in­ten­sive course, but the idea is to get us pre­pared so that we are com­pletely ready when we vol­un­teer.”

The ser­vice is still on the look out for more peo­ple to come for­ward and vol­un­teer. The min­i­mum re­quire­ments to join are a driv­ing li­cense with no more than three points, no crim­i­nal con­vic­tions and the abil­ity to per­form ef­fec­tive CPR.

To find out more, go to www. south­cen­tralam­bu­lance.nhs.uk, call 0800 5870207 or email cfr@ scas.nhs.uk.

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