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First responders

07 Tachwedd 2007

Medical students at Cardiff University are to make an invaluable contribution to the local community as on call representatives of the Welsh Ambulance Service.

The newly formed society Cardiff Medical Students’ First Responders will see School of Medicine students responding to 999 life-threatening (Category A) calls. It is the first scheme to be manned entirely by medical students and with more than 300 students involved the scheme, it is the largest of its kind in the UK. The volunteers all live and work within the Heath, Gabalfa and Cathays areas of Cardiff.

The scheme is coordinated by 5th year medical students Rhian Davies and Huw Williams, who said: "Working in partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service, medical students from Cardiff University will be responding to life threatening emergency medical calls within our area, providing vital assistance to patients prior to the arrival of the ambulance."

Professor Helen Houston, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, School of Medicine, said: "Cardiff University is proud to support its students in this groundbreaking venture which is impressive in its scope and demonstrates a significant commitment to the local community."

Tony Rossetti, Welsh Ambulance Service First Responder officer for South East Wales said: "Students will benefit from working as first responders and working in a pre-hospital setting. This will not only give them great experience but it will also make a difference to a lot of people’s lives in the area."

A launch event for the scheme will be held November 8 at the School of Medicine.