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Paramedics Use Golf Buggy Style Ambulance

Tanya Reynolds Lomax

10:22am 1st August 2012

A Weymouth Ambulance in the form of a Golf Buggy has proved valuable after it helped a young girl on a family day out.

The mini St Johns Ambulance service treated a 10 year old girl who injured her foot windsurfing on the beach.

The nimble innovation allows medical volunteers to provide rapid care for small injuries around crowded sites.

The girl was treated at a first aid post for immediate treatment before being transferred to paramedics and nurses.
Her Mum, Zitta Lomax, said: "She was having a wonderful time trying out all the free sports taster sessions. It's been absolutely brilliant and so much fun. She wanted to try the watersports and had just got into the water when the board banged into her foot."

Tanya, a keen footballer, was treated at a beach first aid post by St John Ambulance volunteer, Andrew Morrison and Red Cross volunteer, Alexandra Black. The team swiftly put their first aid skills into practice and, after applying an ice pack to Tanya's foot, they decided to transfer her to the advanced medical unit, staffed by nurses and paramedics.

"She was in quite a bit of pain so I wanted a nurse to take a look at her foot", explained Andrew, 18 from Wimbourne who has been a St John Ambulance volunteer since he was six years old.

After helping Tanya onto the mini-ambulance, Andrew transferred the patient to the medical centre for further treatment.

The adapted golf-buggy is fully equipped with a first aid kit, medical gases, defibrillator, stretchers and spinal board. It is positioned at the sports arena's first aid post as it allows access to areas that a normal ambulance would not be able to reach.

Zitta said: "The first aiders have been really great today. They've all been very helpful and the different teams have all worked really well together so we all know what's happening. It's been really good."

First aider, Andrew said: "All the volunteers have had excellent training and so we're all prepared for just about anything and everything. I really enjoy volunteering because it gives me a sense of doing something positive for the community and really making a difference."

When he's not giving up his free time to help others, Andrew is training to become a private ambulance technician. He began learning first aid when he was just six years old and has rising up through St John Ambulance cadets and is now a student ambulance technician.

As well as first aid volunteers, the joint Red Cross and St John Ambulance medical teams include nurses, paramedics, and ambulance crews with advanced medical training. With extensive first aid and medical facilities positioned throughout Weymouth, the volunteers are able to treat many casualties at the scene who would otherwise need hospital treatment.

The Red Cross and St John Ambulance are working in partnership throughout the two weeks of the Olympic Games. Contracted by Weymouth and Portland County Council, the two charities are jointly providing first aid and medical cover to the thousands of Olympic sailing
spectators visiting the area.

More than 350 volunteers from the two charities have travelled to Weymouth from across the UK, giving up their free time to lend a hand in what is the biggest first aid undertaking that the county has ever seen.



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