Respond 2014

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in News Updates | 0 comments

Respond 2014 The National First Responder Conference PHECC, in association with the National Ambulance Service, Wicklow Cardiac First Responders and the Centre for Emergency Medical Science at UCD are delighted to announce the launch of Respond 2014, the first national conference dedicated to Community First Responders. Respond 2014 will take place on 1st March 2014. It will showcase the best of Community First Responder activity in Ireland and provide evidence-based scientific updates in best practice for First Responders. As one of the longest established Community First Responder schemes, Wicklow Cardiac First Responders have had many contracts from new groups around the country looking for advice and support as they establish new schemes.  As the number of Community First Responder schemes grows, the need for a national approach has become apparent. John Fitzgerald of Wicklow Cardiac First Responders, who is helping organise the conference said: “PHECC, the National Ambulance Service, UCD Centre for Emergency Medical Science and the Irish Heart Foundation have been hugely supportive of CFR activity to date, but perhaps, now is the time for CFR networks to bring all their accumulated experience together as new schemes strive to get off the ground.” “CFRs from around the country put a lot of time and effort into launching and running schemes, and we feel that if all this energy is channelled in the same direction, it would be very powerful” he added. Respond 2014 is aimed at all types of Community First Responders. The conference organisers wish to network as many groups from around the country as possible in advance and to invite them all to participate and shape this conference. The conference will be open to any group providing CFR cover: PAD schemes, NAS linked schemes, fire services, Garda, voluntary ambulance organisations, workplace schemes etc. In addition to an opportunity for networking and sharing experiences, Respond 2014 will feature notable international experts in the field of resuscitation. “We have an excellent line up of speakers who will provide a variety of updates which will appeal to experienced and novice responders alike” said Respond 2014 Chair Dr David Menzies. A unique feature of Respond 2014 will be a series of skills workshops allowing new and established schemes to ensure that their skills and equipment meet current best practice. Crucially, both David and John say that the event is intended to be for First Responders from all over Ireland and they would welcome contact from any group prior to the event itself. All assistance with organization will be gratefully received! For further information please click on the Respond 2014 logo below or...

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Tinahely CFRs Haunted Walk

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in News Updates | 0 comments

Tinahely Community First Responders HAUNTED WALK – TOMNAFINOGUE WOODS Preparations are well under way for the ever popular “HAUNTED WALK” in Tomnafinogue Woods. This year the walk will take place on Sunday evening the 27th Oct. Booking goes live tomorrow Monday 7th October. Booking is essential and the number is 087 3964767. This is a great family event in our area and your support is always appreciated. There will be lots of ghostly happenings on the night. The FANCY DRESS DISCO after the walk will be held in Murphys’s Hotel, Tinahely and all funds raised will go to the Tinahely Community First Responders to purchase badly needed items for their Kit. The 1st & 2nd prizes are really worth dressing up for kindly donated by Brook Lodge Hotel & Spa in Aughrim  &  Artech Precision Engineering, Tinahely. So get planning your fancy dress theme. Last year’s disco was a huge success with lots of innovative fancy dress ideas. Please support this very worthwhile cause. If anyone would like to donate prizes for a raffle please contact Sheila...

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2013 Biomnis Healthcare Innovation Awards

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in News Updates | 0 comments

Wicklow Cardiac First Responders won an award at the 2013 Biomnis Healthcare Innovation Awards for “Innovation in Quality of Service Delivery”  –  Community Based, kindly supported by HCI. The event was held in the  Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin on Friday the 10th of May. L to R, John O’Reilly, Michelle Brewster, Margaret Duggan, Dean Mc Carthy, John Fitzgerald, Alan Murphy, Susan Gorman, Alan Ross, Ann Fitzgerald, Kelly Spillane and Fergal Bowers at the 2013 Biomnis Healthcare Innovation Awards The Award was presented by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs and Mr. John O’ Sullivan , CEO Biomnis Ireland. The Biomnis Healthcare Innovation Awards are a recognition and celebration of those working in healthcare in Ireland, who go beyond the call of duty and strive to improve the standards of patient care in this country. Wicklow Cardiac First Responders were one of seven finalists for the category and receiving this award is recognition of all the work being carried out by our volunteer’s right across Co. Wicklow. Now in its 6th year, The Biomnis Healthcare Innovation Awards recognise and celebrate those healthcare professionals who go beyond the call of duty and strive to improve the standards of patient care in Ireland. Biomnis Ireland is delighted to once again support the awards which provide both individuals and organisations with an opportunity to really showcase an innovative project or initiative on a national level. There were 10 award categories which included: Pfizer Outstanding Achievement Award in Healthcare Healthcare and Social Care Support Initiative Innovation in Quality of Service Delivery – Hospital Based Primary Care Centre Initiatives Innovation in Quality of Service Delivery – Community Based Irish Technology or Products Innovation Patient Safety Initiative Patient Groups / Support Organisations Health Promotion Project Innovation in Diagnostics Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Susan Gorman WWCFRs, John Fitzgerald WWCFRs and Mr. John O’ Sullivan , CEO Biomnis Ireland at the 2013 Biomnis Healthcare Innovation...

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2013 Biomnis Healthcare Innovation Awards

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in News Updates | 0 comments

Wicklow Cardiac First Responders are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated as a finalist for the 2013 Biomnis Healthcare Innovation Awards. We are one of seven finalists for the category, “Innovation in Quality of Service Delivery”  –  Community Based, Kindly supported by HCI. There will be an award night in the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin on the 10th of May,   Best wishes to all the other nominees.       Now in its 6th year, The Biomnis Healthcare Innovation Awards recognise and celebrate those healthcare professionals who go beyond the call of duty and strive to improve the standards of patient care in Ireland. Biomnis Ireland is delighted to once again support the awards which provide both individuals and organisations with an opportunity to really showcase an innovative project or initiative on a national level. This year the awards will be held at The Clyde Court Hotel (formerly Berkeley Court), Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4, on Friday 10th May 2013. There are 10 award categories which include: Pfizer Outstanding Achievement Award in Healthcare Healthcare and Social Care Support Initiative Innovation in Quality of Service Delivery – Hospital Based Primary Care Centre Initiatives Innovation in Quality of Service Delivery – Community Based Irish Technology or Products Innovation Patient Safety Initiative Patient Groups / Support Organisations Health Promotion Project Innovation in...

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