MSPTom wel­comes first re­spon­ders to Par­lia­ment

Paisley Daily Express - - Thenandnow -

Tom Arthur MSP wel­comed some spe­cial guests to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment re­cently.

The MSP for Ren­frew­shire South spoke in Par­lia­ment to high­light the work done by first re­spon­ders in his con­stituency and paid trib­ute to staff and vol­un­teers. He also told of the in­valu­able work done de­liv­er­ing front-line med­i­cal care to com­mu­ni­ties by the team.

He wel­comed Lewis McColl and Ryan Ledger­wood, who work with the Neil­ston and Uplaw­moor First Re­spon­ders, to Ed­in­burgh as part of the de­bate.

Tom said: “We owe a debt of grat­i­tude to the vol­un­teers and staff who pro­vide this life-sav­ing ser­vice.

“I was pleased to meet with some of the team when they came to hear the de­bate in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment. It was great to hear the Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Health and Sport, Aileen Camp­bell, say she will be happy to en­gage and lis­ten to sug­ges­tions on the long- term fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity of our first re­spon­ders.

“Our First Re­spon­ders from Neil­ston and Uplaw­moor re­ceive fan­tas­tic sup­port from all across the com­mu­ni­ties they serve, and I look for­ward to sup­port­ing them as they con­tinue in their out­stand­ing work.”

Com­mu­nity First Re­spon­ders are mem­bers of the pub­lic who vol­un­teer to help their com­mu­nity by re­spond­ing to med­i­cal emer­gen­cies while the am­bu­lance is on its way.

Full train­ing in emer­gency skills is pro­vided as well as the use of au­to­matic ex­ter­nal de­fib­ril­la­tors and oxy­gen ther­apy.

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