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March is here…. give a cheer

Written by Sevenoaks CFRs on Friday, 18 March 2016

Well it almost feels like spring out there now doesn't it. Certainly we hope the worst of the winter is now behind us.

Did you know that last year SECAmb's Community First Responders dealt with 18,000 emergency calls as part of their volunteer role in 2015/16 in addition to training thousands of member of the public in CPR, AED use and First Aid.

The team in Sevenoaks trained over 450 people last year and this year we want to do better!

We will be helping our colleagues in Edenbridge on Saturday 2nd April with a big public training event and we have a number of group training events planned locally for Schools and clubs.  We will also be announcing dates for our formal 3 hour training course shortly so watch this space.

You may have seen a lot of SECAmb in the news recently over a trial they ran in in the winter of 2014 to try and cope with demand from referrals from the 111 system. We won't go into details here but suffice it to say some of the eye catching headlines are designed to sell newspapers. All we will say is a) wait for the clinical patient outcomes review published around June before drawing any conclusions and b) rest assured that every member of SECAmb staff are always doing everything they can to deliver the best outcomes for patients with the limited resources they have available.

Although the weather is improving, remember the roads are still slippery and hazardous at this time for year. We are still seeing too many cars parked in hedges! Make sure your vehicle is well maintained and that your headlights are working properly.

For life-threatening emergencies it's 999

Call 111 when it's less urgent than 999