Responding to the needs of the community

Mayo ICRR featured in an interview with The Mayo News on the 8th of November 2016.

The reporter, Anton McNulty, explored how the service works and the reason why we do this.  We also talk of the impact that providing the service has on family life and the help that we need to keep us up and running.  If you think that you can help in any way, please contact us.

You can read the article in full on The Mayo News website.  Many thanks to Darren Moran Photography for doing a photo-shoot leading up to the article.  Hopefully, you’ll see more of these photos soon.

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16% Increase in Emergency Call-Outs For Local Volunteer Doctor

Mayo ICRR is happy to announce the following activity for Q3 of 2016. It has been quite a busy period for our volunteer doctor, with a further increase in activity of 16% on our previous quarter.

In the third quarter of 2016 Mayo ICRR has responded to a total of 43 calls for assistance from the HSE National Ambulance Service. This included 3 road traffic collisions, 5 cardiac arrests and a number of critically ill and injured patients, both adults and children. Our volunteer doctor responds to an average of 3 calls per week. In many cases, interventions were performed on-scene that otherwise would not have been done until after the patient arrived in hospital.

On one particular call-out to a cardiac arrest call our doctor was quickly on-scene and worked with members of the public who continued to perform CPR which allowed our doctor to provide advanced care and the combined efforts successfully resuscitated the patient. He then travelled to hospital with the patient and the HSE ambulance crew, continuing to provide care en route. This is an excellent example of the chain of survival in action and shows the importance of community-based responders.

Mayo ICRR relies on the support of the local community which it serves. We urgently need both financial and practical support. We have a role to suit most people. If you would like to become involved please see www.mayoicrr.ie/help.

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Activity Report Q2-2016

Mayo ICRR is happy to announce the following activity for Q2 of 2016. It has been quite a busy period for our volunteer doctor.

In the second quarter of 2016 Mayo ICRR has responded to a total of 37 calls for assistance from the HSE National Ambulance Service. This included 5 road traffic accidents, 6 cardiac arrests and 2 sick children as well as other critically ill and injured patients. Our volunteer doctor responds to an average of 3 calls per week. In many cases, interventions were performed on-scene that otherwise would not have been done until after the patient arrived in hospital.

In one particularly busy weekend our volunteer doctor attended 2 cardiac arrests and a serious road traffic collision. Our doctor accompanied a patient to hospital on board the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 118 aircraft. This work was done in his free time and without financial support from the HSE.

Locals may also have noticed a change of vehicle recently. We now have the use of a Honda CR-V and the distinctive Toyota Hilux has returned to it’s home in West Cork.  Many thanks to Irish Community Rapid Response for their continued support.

Mayo ICRR does not receive any central funding and relies on the support of the local community which it serves. We have a role to suit most people. If you would like to become involved please see mayoicrr.ie/help.

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Help Save Lives in Mayo

Mayo ICRR is holding two public meetings over the next week:

Westport Sunday 24th April 7pm Westport Plaza facebook-event-button
Castlebar Monday 25th April 7pm Harlequin Hotel facebook-event-button

This important voluntary professional pre-hospital emergency medical service will have to stop it’s service in July of this year, if it can’t get support from the people of Mayo to keep it going. Up and running since September of last year, Mayo ICRR has nine volunteer doctors, who respond to life and death emergencies through the 999 call system, supporting the National Ambulance Service. What Mayo ICRR doctors bring to the scene of an emergency, whether it is a road traffic accident or an injury on a farm, is emergency medical care you would only receive in a hospital, it’s much like a mobile intensive care unit.

This emergency medical service is up and running successfully in other parts of the country and is saving lives in the community young and old, there are a lot of people alive today who are grateful to this service. It’s very important that we get the people of Mayo to help keep and sustain this much needed volunteer medical service that responds to 999 calls and save lives.

We know it’s not realistic to have ambulances and specialised hospitals in every corner of the country but rural locations can pose their own set of challenges for the state emergency response services. Mayo ICRR has volunteer doctors who help and add to these emergency services.  It’s up to everyone in the community to help to try and solve this challenge by doing their part. We have voluntary doctors who live in Mayo, giving up their home and family time to respond to 999 calls in their community. It up to the people of Mayo to support their local doctor who works for free, with their equipment and medical costs as they are making a big sacrifice for the community, giving their time and skills to save lives.

Please come and support Irish Community Rapid Response meetings on April 24th at 7pm in the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport and on April 25th in Castlebar at 7pm in the Harlequin Hotel.

 

Activity Report Q1-2016

Mayo ICRR is happy to announce the following activity for Q1 of 2016. It has been quite a busy period for our volunteer doctor.

In the first quarter of 2016 Mayo ICRR has responded to a total of 35 calls for assistance from the HSE National Ambulance Service. This included a number of serious road traffic collisions and cardiac arrests as well as other critically ill and injured patients. Our volunteer doctor responds to an average of 3 calls per week. In many cases, interventions were performed on-scene that otherwise would not have been done until after the patient arrived in hospital. A number of patients required aero-medical evacuation.

This is an increase in activity of 84% compared to Q4 of 2015, our first full quarter in operation.

Mayo ICRR does not receive any central funding and relies on the support of the local community which it serves. We have a role to suit most people. If you would like to become involved please see mayoicrr.ie/help.

Local volunteers wanted – defibrillator register

Do you have some free time to do a small project to help your community and possibly save a life?

CFR Ireland, the national body of Community First Responder schemes, have started a project of building a register of all the defibrillators (AED – automated external defibrillator) in the country.

They are looking for one or two people in each community to:

  1. Identify the the location of all defibrillators in a town or village
  2. Make a note of the times these are available (eg public-access 24/7, business hours, etc.)
  3. Submit the details to the AED register
  4. Once registered, place an identification sticker on the AED

If you think that this is something that YOU can do to help in your community, please contact us at [email protected] and we will put you in contact with the CFR Ireland team.

We want to start with Westport and get all the AEDs identified and logged.  You don’t have to be linked to any organisation in particular or to CFR Ireland to do this job.

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ICRR on Morning Ireland

Listen in to Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1 on Tuesday 5th January, shortly after 07:30h to hear about the new @ICRR_Official project, Operation Resuscitation.

Hopefully, there’ll also be some coverage on the RTÉ Six One News.

Listen back to the clips….

Morning Ireland
Part 1 – Tom Gainey Friends saved Killarney teenager thanks to CPR training
Part 2 – John Kearney (ICRR) National campaign to train people in CPR

Six One News

 

Christmas Raffle

Castlebar CFRs and Mayo ICRR are holding a Christmas Raffle on Wednesday 23rd December, in Coady’s Bar, Castlebar at 10:30pm.

Tickets are €2.00 each or 3 for €5.00. They are on sale in Coady’s Bar and will be available on the night. You might also meet our ticket sellers around town or at the Breaffy Christmas Market.

Prizes

  • 1st prize – Dinner for 2 in Breaffy House
  • 2nd prize – Family pass for Mayo Movie World
  • 3rd prize – Winter driver safety kit

For more information see our Facebook event.

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