Life of a Volunteer

Last night saw the beginning of another season for Leinster Rugby. That meant, of course, that St John Ambulance were on site from well before kick-off til after the crowds dispersed. After the long evening duty, members of North Kildare Division were returning their ambulance to its base in Celbridge when they were flagged down by a motorist.
Members arriving for duty in the RDS

Members arriving for duty in the RDS

Having pulled in safely and assessing the scene, it was apparent that the motorist was bringing his wife – who was complaining of chest pain – to hospital.

After a brief assessment in the car, the patient was moved to the ambulance using a carry chair. Once on board the crew commenced a full diagnosis, which means assessing the patient’s pulse, breathing rate, blood sugar level, and asking about symptoms they’re experiencing. In addition to these, the EMT on board used a heart monitor (3-lead ECG) to assess the condition of the patient’s heart.

With all the information available to them, the crew established that the patient was not suffering from a heart attack. They made a decision not to call for additional support from the National Ambulance Service, rather to transport the patient to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown. Once the patient, who was in good spirits & appeared to be in good health when they departed, had been handed over to hospital staff, the crew set out for home.

Wishing her a full and speedy recovery!

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St John Ambulance Ireland
29 Upper Leeson Street
Dublin 4
D04 PX94

tel: (0)1 668 8077

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We receive no State funding. We are entirely dependent on contributions from the public and donations made to the Organisation for services rendered by our volunteer members.

All donations, however small, are therefore greatly appreciated.

Volunteer with us

We are always looking for bright and enthusiastic people who enjoy team work and want to learn new skills.

St John Ambulance is made up of volunteers from every walk in life, from those professionally involved with pre-hospital care to people who had no previous experience of first aid prior to joining the organisation.