It is now 3 years since we moved over to EMAS and during this time we have seen a few changes. The Ambulance service is very stretched, as is the whole of the NHS, which is keeping the group very active.
We did have 4 members that were based in the Rothley area and early in the year they left the Melton group to set up one specifically for their own area.
During 2017 we attended 1887 patients. The group committed to 12,217 hours ‘on call’ plus 300 training hours. These figures are down on last year but the 2016 figures included the Rothley based members.
We also had one of our original members, Elaine, retire from attending calls after 11 active years. Elaine is still a member of the group and is committed in other ways.
We are now working with 8 members going out on call but still able to provide 24/7 cover.
During 2016 the group committed to 18,500 man-hours of on-call time; time when one or more members were available to respond to an emergency. In addition to the on-call time, members spent a total of 350 man-hours attending training sessions. Some of these session were full-day courses run by EMAS whilst others were evening’s refresher session run by our own trainer.
During 2016 we attended to 1968 patients in and around the Melton Mowbray area; on average, that is over 5 per day.
We currently have 10 active members. Four members are level 2 responders that respond to serious medical emergencies in adults (strokes, heart problems etc). A further six members are level 3 responders that can attend to a wider range of illnesses, trauma and incidents involving babies and children.
Melton Community First Responders will have a stall at this event, manned by members of the group.
There are a lot more community access defibrillators being installed in the area and you never know when you might be asked to fetch and use one. On the stand we will have a resuscitation doll and a training defibrillator. Come along and have a go; it will give you the confidence to use it, should the need arrive.
On the 30th April, Ellie Cassidy, Tom Gilbert, Kayla Simmonds and Charlotte Akred will be running in the Farmageddon Run. For the 2nd year running they are donating 50% of the money they raise to the Melton Community First Responders. Thank you!!!
Or new project is to replace all the dilapidated kit bags we use for carrying our essential equipment. The oxygen bottles are fairly heavy so the bags need to be robust and they must also be wipe-clean to comply with infection control procedures. The most suitable bag that we have been able to find costs around £200 each and we have 13 to replace.
We would also like to buy a hi-vis jacket, with pockets, and a sweatshirt for each responder. Currently, in the group there are 17 fully Trained Responders with another 4 waiting to get onto a training course.
Melton Community First Responders started a fund raising project last year to replace our 13 rather aged Defibrillators. The Manufacturers have stopped production and only guarantee production of replacement batteries and pads until the year 2020 which is not that far away. We originally put 3 year time scale for our replacement programme, taking us to the end of 2017. At the time we all thought this was optimistic.
In October last year we sent a letter to the Melton Times applying to Ragdale Hall for funding from their Make It Happen event. The Melton Times ran an article about our group and our project to replace our old Defibrillators. This article brought us donations from some very generous residents in Melton, and some organisations that we would never have thought of approaching.
I do not feel I can put into print the names of the individuals who sent us some wonderful donation but I wrote to all of them at the time. Thank you again from us all.
The companies and organisations that responded to our project were,
Mars in the Community,
Ragdale Hall “Make It Happen”,
The Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons,
The Red Arrows Charitable Trust,
St. Marys Parish Church.
And we still have the promise of more to come. These donations will complete the Defibrillator project.