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In A Medical Emergency Call 112 Then Call Fast ON 968 970 626

If you have to call for an ambulance, call 112 and the operator will ask a series of questions so they can prioritise your call. You can ask for an operator to speak in your language if you do not speak Spanish. Then call FAST on 968970626.

If you are faced with a medical emergency would you know what to do? Just opening the airway by tilting the head back can allow someone to start breathing again. Applying direct pressure to an open bleeding wound may stop serious blood loss.

Our aim is to give 24/7 cover to the people on Camposol and Saladillo, we can also give advice over the phone to people on Condado and the Country Club. We are always looking for new recruits to join our team of First Responders. The most common thing we do as responders is to bring comfort and reassurance to the casualty and their family. Don’t be afraid to join because it is not all blood and misery. Come along to the Cultural Centre on a Tuesday morning for a chat.

We have had calls recently to attend people who live on their own or are here for a short time on their own. If you are on your own it is a good idea to make sure your neighbours are aware of you. Maybe give a neighbour a spare key. If you are taken ill and taken to the hospital you will need money to get a taxi back to Camposol unless a neighbour or friend can give you a lift. It is also important to carry your identification with you. You will need either your medical card, EHIC card or travel insurance.

If you are here on your own but have family in another country, give them the FAST number. If your family cannot reach you and are worried about your condition they can call FAST to check on you.

Over the last few months we have had generous donations from the following groups, Fuente Old Guard Golfers, the C gardening Group (Green Fingers). We also had the privilege to attend the Wedding Anniversary of Sue and Dave Thomas where they donated money to FAST instead of their guests buying presents. Thank you to all those who have donated to FAST in the past and in the future! We can only provide the service as long as the funds keep coming in.

 The FAST nurses collect on Monday morning on the duel carriageway approaching the B commercial centre. The nurses are available to give advice on hair styles and makeup. On these cold mornings we have taken to wearing warm tights. We just need to know how to keep them up. Should we wear braces on our tights?

When the FAST responders arrive, they will ask a series of questions, directed at the casualty or the partner. It may seem to delay treatment but it is important to know if the casualty is allergic to anything, what medication they are on, are they being treated for a medical condition. So please be patient when the responder is asking questions.

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