Leeds Medical Students Community First Responders
May 4, 2021 | Mark Dorey
We all know that Ambulances are a vital, but overly stretched service which most of us will need at some point in our life. Leeds Medical Students Community First Responders work tirelessly to support the work of the Ambulance service, helping to save lives.
Community First Responders (CFRs) are volunteers who are trained to provide immediate and potentially life-saving care to seriously ill patients in the community during the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. Since launching in 2016, LMSCFR have trained more than 60 medical student volunteers a year who kindly give a few hours of their time each fortnight, around their busy studies.
Thanks to donations by alumni like you, they have been able to partially fund the installation of an AED (automated external defibrillator) on the university campus. These pieces of kit are essential in saving the lives of those who are unfortunate enough to have a heart attack while at university. Speed is of the essence in such circumstances and this piece of equipment could save the lives of students in the coming years.
This money has also been used to provide important resources to train the medical students. This not only means that more young medics can volunteer but also gives them the skills to teach other students and community members basic first aid. Alumni donations towards student societies do not only have a meaningful impact on campus, but allow students to literally save lives in the wider Leeds community.