FAST Update for April

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1 Apr
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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.

The processionary caterpillars are around at this time of year. Do not let your pets get close to them. If you get the hairs from the caterpillar on your skin, do not rub the area, use sellotape to remove the hairs causing the irritation. 

The FAST Spring Fayre will be held on Friday 10th April at Alley Palais on sector B commercial centre Camposol. Come along and join the fun and support this life saving charity. New and established traders will have stalls.

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 home 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.

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 CRA (Camposol Residents Association) presented FAST with €250 at our training session. Thank you to Phil Gelling and his team for the donation.

 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.

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.

Thank you to Caroline May for the generous donation from her performance at Mariano's on the 19th Feb. We all had a great night.




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