Village pub hopes to put life saving on the menu

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A Suffolk pub hopes to literally bring life to the community with the launch of a first response group covering the rural villages of Bentley and Capel St Mary.

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First Response teams save lives

“As soon as we have enough volunteers we will have our own defibrillator and be able to offer emergency response cover 24 hours a day”

Community responders are a group of people who go through defibrillator and CPR and then volunteer to respond to emergency calls on behalf of the East of England Ambulance Service in the community where they live or work.

“As soon as we have enough volunteers we will have our own defibrillator and be able to offer emergency response cover 24 hours a day”

Graham Hopcroft, owner of the Case is Altered public house hopes that setting up the scheme will save lives. ‘In the case of cardiac arrest, survival rates outside a hospital setting are only five percent,’ explains Graham. ‘As soon as we have enough volunteers we will have our own defibrillator and be able to offer emergency response cover 24 hours a day. Most importantly every volunteer is local we can be on the scene in minutes – vital in a medical emergency or accident.’

The Community First Responders scheme means that volunteers are often first on the scene to a patient in need, assessing their condition and providing vital emergency care. CFRs are trained to not only assess the immediate situation but also to ascertain a previous medical history whilst treating a patient. Sometimes they can simply be a very vital second pair of hands to an ambulance crew when they arrive.

Graham hopes that more volunteers will sign up so the scheme can start as soon as possible. ‘We only need another three volunteers,’ he says. ‘I am already trained and was a volunteer in East Bergholt before we took over the Case is Altered and it’s incredibly rewarding. Having First Responders in the community could very well save lives and will be a great support to the people living in Bentley and Capel St Mary, especially our older residents.’

To find out how you can volunteer contact Graham at the Case is Altered

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