Seahouse First Responders answer 1000th call

First Responders group reach landmark

A group of volunteers trained by the North East Ambulance Service to provide a quick medical response have handled their 1000 incident.

The Seahouses First Responders were formed in 2003, and cover the Seahouses, Bamburgh and Beadnell areas.

This year alone they have attended 208 call outs.

Seahouses First Responder

Seahouses First Responders co-ordinator Ian Clayton,  above, said: "Reaching our 1,000th call was something of a landmark. We maintain 24 hour cover seven days a week, and attend calls deemed appropriate by the North East Ambulance Service.

"I must stress that responders, while well-trained and reassessed every six months, are no substitute for the professionally and highly-trained emergency ambulance crews."

In rural areas, ambulance crews have large areas to cover, and may have considerable distances to travel to an emergency call.

A First Responder can be on scene in minutes and hopefully manage the patient's condition until the crew arrive.

NEAS has a number of First Responder groups across the North East. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Lynsey.McCabe@neas.nhs.uk

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