Training facilities at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough were given a boost recently, thanks to a donation from the Community First Responders (CFRs) at Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
During the latest Yorkshire Ambulance Service CFR awards evening, a raffle was held to raise money for the Montagu Clinical Simulation Centre. A total of £253.25 was raised, which was presented to staff by Dave Jones, Community Defibrillation Officer at Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
The Clinical Simulation Centre provides training courses for voluntary Community First Responders (those who respond to emergency calls received by the Ambulance service) free of charge. The CFRs team decided to donate the money to the centre, as a token of their appreciation.
Sharon Lukins, Educational Lead Practitioner at the centre, said: “We are all very grateful to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the CFRs team for their generous donation. The money will be used towards improving our training facilities further.”
Dave Jones said: “We’re pleased to be able to give something back to the staff in the Simulation Centre, as they all work very hard and provide excellent training for our CFRs.”
Community First Responders are all volunteers at the ambulance trust. The CFR scheme they run sees many people from many communities in Yorkshire being trained in life-saving skills to be used in their local areas. They give as much time as they can in a week to be on-call in their home areas, which often means they can arrive on the scene before the ambulance, and can make all the difference in difficult situations. For more about CFRs, visit: www.yas.nhs.uk.
The training provided by the Simulation Centre covers a variety of subjects, including: anatomy and physiology, basic life support, community defibrillation and communication skills. For more about this training and other courses provided, visit: www.montagusimulation.co.uk.