Horsham first aiders flying high thanks to airport donation

Gatwick Airport Community Trust Chairman Mike Roberts (left) presenting the monitoring equipment to St John Ambulance volunteers Paul Boxall and Keith Dale (right).

Gatwick Airport Community Trust Chairman Mike Roberts (left) presenting the monitoring equipment to St John Ambulance volunteers Paul Boxall and Keith Dale (right).

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A £750 grant from the Gatwick Airport Community Trust has enabled Horsham’s St John Ambulance volunteers to buy vital life saving equipment.

The money has been used to buy a second portable blood pressure and digital pulse oximeter monitoring unit.

Now both of the local St John Ambulance division’s ambulances have the equipment which is used to assess a patient’s condition so the correct treatment can be administered, often in life or death emergencies.

Pulse oximeters are of critical importance in emergency first aid as they detect dangerously low oxygen levels in the blood which may result in irreversible brain damage and death if not treated promptly.

An earlier grant from the Trust enabled the Horsham division to install the equipment in one of its two ambulances in 2010.

Trevor Vaughan, President of Horsham St John Ambulance, said: “We’re delighted the Trust has helped us to buy this second piece of equipment.

“It’s an invaluable diagnostic tool which will enable us to give better patient care and in some cases may prove the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

Trust Chairman Mike Roberts said: “The Trust encourages and supports schemes that benefit diverse sections of the local community.

“This monitoring equipment is an excellent example of a deserving project.”

Sussex St John Ambulance has nearly 2,000 volunteers who provide medical cover at hundreds of public events across the county each year and teach vital first aid skills to members of the public.

To find out more about volunteering or fundraising please call 01273 371 500 or visit sja.org.uk

Article contributed by St John Ambulance

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