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Wiveliscombe Community First Responders
    • Wiveliscombe Community First Responders

      We are all volunteers. Continual training is given by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust [SWASFT] to ensure that all responders keep their skills and expertise updated. The Responders are funded entirely through the generosity of individuals from the Wiveliscombe community and surrounding area who provide all needs including medical equipment and uniforms.

      As the South West of England is predominantly rural it is not always possible for an ambulance to reach people in Wiveliscombe and surrounding areas quickly. So, SWASFT trains the Community Responders to respond to any life-threatening emergency and deliver appropriate care until the emergency ambulance arrives. Responders are trained in basic life support and are equipped with defibrillators, oxygen, first aid equipment, lifting equipment and communications.

      The Wiveliscombe Community First Responders operate a 24 hours/ day 365 days/ year rota to ensure that a minimum of one trained First Responder is on duty and available at all times. Emergencies include unconsciousness (due to injury or medical problem), chest pain and breathing difficulties either in the home or public/work place. An emergency ambulance is always dispatched to any incident attended by a responder.

      The group took part in 2017 in a Lifting Equipment Pilot which is proving enormously effective in patient treatment options and the Group now also attends non-injury falls in our area.


      If you are interested in joining the group, then contact Paul Barrington home: 01984 624995 or mail 


      We received the SWASFT County award in November, 2017 for outstanding commitment to the Community.