If you have ever had reason to call 999 you will understand that sometimes time is everything.

Ambulance crews work tirelessly round the clock and perform life saving interventions but there are some advanced medical interventions that generally need to wait to be done by a doctor in the hospital. A new local charity, Mayo ICRR, supports a single volunteer doctor to respond to 999 calls where there is a critical illness or a significant injury in conjunction with the National Ambulance Service. The aim is to provide earlier advanced medical interventions before the patient gets to hospital in order to relieve pain, reduce disability and improve survival.

Mayo ICRR is a new charity which supports a volunteer doctor to respond to 999 calls where there is critical illness or significant injury in conjunction with the HSE National Ambulance Service and often in parallel with Mayo County Fire Service and An Garda Síochána. The charity is tasked directly by Ambulance Control on predetermined dispatch criteria for a specified geographical radius which is centred in Westport, Co. Mayo. The volunteer doctor will respond to calls 24/7, subject to availability. The doctor works as a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar and has a background in pre-hospital emergency care.

Mayo ICRR does not receive any central funding and relies on the support of the local community which it serves.

Mayo ICRR (Irish Community Rapid Response) is part of a national movement which supports similar initiatives in other parts of the country.

For information, please contact [email protected]