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Doctors support work of community first responders

24 November 2010

Guildford Community First Responders have been presented with a donation from a local doctor’s surgery which will help fund the purchase of a new life-saving piece of equipment for the volunteers.

The partners of Austen Road Surgery donated £250 as a thank you for life support training provided to practice staff by Responder Operations Manager for Surrey Peter Glover. The money will be used to purchase a new defibrillator to be used by the team.

Team leader Katharine Gordon said: “We are very grateful for the donation from the Austen Road Surgery and would like to take this opportunity to thank them publicly. Combined with other donations, we now have enough money to buy another defibrillator for the Guildford team.”

Practice Manager, Martin Brown said: “I was very pleased to make the donation on behalf of the doctors in recognition and support of the voluntary responders in their great efforts for the local residents of Guildford.”

Community first responders are members of the local community who are trained to attend certain medical emergencies – such as patients with chest pains or breathing difficulties, or who have suffered a cardiac arrest.

Responders are always supported by an ambulance but, because they live or work locally, they may be the first to reach a patient and administer potentially life-saving treatment.

SECAmb runs the community responder scheme which currently has more than 400 trained responders across the Trust’s region of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Training includes how to use a defibrillator which can restart the heart of a patient in cardiac arrest. Clinical evidence shows that the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops with every minute that a patient does not receive treatment, but with early treatment and the use of a defibrillator a patient’s chance of survival can increase by up to 75 percent.
Further information on SECAmb’s community responder network is available at: or by contacting the community responder team on 01273 897861


Notes to editor:

• South East Coast Ambulance Service was formed on 1 July 2006, following the merger of Kent, Surrey and Sussex ambulance trusts and is one of 11 ambulance services operating in England. It covers an area of 3,600 square miles and a resident population of 4.5 million across East and West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Kent and Medway and Surrey. The trust responds to 999 calls from the public, immediate and urgent calls from health professionals, as well as providing non-emergency Patient Transport Services (pre-booked patient journeys to and from healthcare facilities) in some areas.  It employs more than 3,000 staff across 60 sites, more than half of whom are paramedics and ambulance technicians.

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