Pedal power for Bristol shoppers
Shoppers in Avon will be able to cope in
the Christmas rush knowing they are in the safe hands of St
John Ambulance volunteers should they require first aid.
The Avon Cycle Response Unit will be providing additional
medical cover in the lead up to Christmas to shoppers at Cribbs
Causeway, Cabot Circus and Broadmead in order to help
shoppers who become unwell.
Treating a range of injuries, including collapses, faints,
minor cuts and grazes, the service is being provided in
conjunction with Great Western Ambulance Service so that St John
Ambulance cyclists can attend 999 calls in the
areas that may be congested with traffic.
Having the St John bikes in our major shopping areas is an excellent joint project. We are looking to make maximum use of these resources.
Head of Performance, Great Western Ambulance Service
The facility of using bikes to get to patients is ideal for the
Cribbs Causeway, Cabot Circus and Broadmead area, as St John
Ambulance personnel will be able to access patients
promptly and in addition to first aid materials, the bikes
carry a defibrillator, oxygen, suction and basic splinting
equipment, so are well prepared to cope with any emergency.
The Cycle Response Unit was originally set up to provide cover
at large events in the local area where getting through crowds of
people was becoming increasingly difficult for the emergency
services and has been proven to work very
effectively in areas that have a high crowd density.
Jeremy Hughes, Commissioner of Operations and Membership for St
John Ambulance said: 'I think this is an excellent project
demonstrating how St John Ambulance and the local Ambulance Service
can work together in order to help members of our
community. Our two organisations work extremely well together, and
this is another example of great partner working.'
The Cycle Response Unit will be at Cribbs Causeway, Cabot Circus
and Broadmead this weekend (19 and 20
Paul Greatorex, Head of Performance, Great Western Ambulance
Service said: 'We are interested in new initiatives to assist in
the delivery of patient care, and having the St John bikes in our
major shopping areas is an excellent joint project. We are looking
to make maximum use of these resources over the next few
Anyone wishing to know more about St John Ambulance Cycle
Response Unit, or would like to help support the running costs of
the unit, please contact Justin Blackett via email Justin.firstname.lastname@example.org.