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Cardiff medical students on call with Welsh Ambulance Service

07 November 2007

Medical students at Cardiff University are to make an invaluable contribution to the local community as on call representatives of the Welsh Ambulance Service. The newly formed society Cardiff Medical Students’ First Responders will see School of Medicine students responding to 999 life-threatening (Category A) calls. It is the first scheme to be manned entirely by medical students and with more than 300 students involved the scheme is the largest of its kind in the UK. The volunteers all live and work within the Heath, Gabalfa and Cathays areas of Cardiff. The scheme is coordinated by medical students Rhian Davies and Huw Williams. They said: "Working in partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service, medical students from Cardiff University will be responding to life threatening emergency medical calls within our area, providing vital assistance to patients prior to the arrival of the ambulance."

Professor Helen Houston, Dean of Undergraduate Studies School of Medicine said: "Cardiff University is proud to support its students in this groundbreaking venture which is impressive in its scope and demonstrates a significant commitment to the local community."

Tony Rossetti, Welsh Ambulance Service first responder officer for South East Wales said: "Students will benefit from working as first responders and working in a pre-hospital setting. This will not only give them great experience but it will also make a difference to a lot of people’s lives in the area."

A launch event for the scheme will be held November 8 at the School of Medicine.


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Notes to Editors:

1. Filming/interviews in advance can be arranged with students (interviews in Welsh can be arranged with student co-ordinator Rhian Davies) pls ring Huw Williams to arrange (07986401701). Photographs of members of the team can also be requested. Members of the media are invited to attend the launch event on November 8 in the Foyer of the Medical School, Heath Campus at 6:30pm.

2. Cardiff Medics' First Responders is supported by Cardiff University, the Welsh Ambulance Service, Resuscitation Council UK, Pre-Hospital Research Unit. The Scheme is sponsored by the British Heart Foundation, Welsh Heart Research Institute, HSBC, Medical Protection Society, Wesleyan Medical Sickness and the Publicity Centre. For more information visit:

3. Cardiff School of Medicine

Cardiff University’s School of Medicine is recognised as a significant contributor to healthcare in Wales, a major provider of professional staff for the National Health Service and an international centre of excellence for research delivering substantial health benefits locally and internationally. The school’s 800 staff include 500 research and academic staff who teach more than 2000 students, including 1,100 postgraduate students. The School of Medicine is based at the Heath Park Campus, a site it shares the University Hospital of Wales, the third largest university hospital in the UK. It has an all-Wales role, contributing greatly to promoting, enhancing and protecting the nation’s health in partnership with the National Health Service (NHS) in Wales. The medical curriculum followed at the School enables students to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, judgement and attitudes appropriate to delivering a high standard of professional care. Around 300 new doctors currently graduate from the School every year and the Welsh Assembly Government has invested substantially in new teaching facilities to increase this number further. The School is an international leader in basic and clinically applied research activities and scored highly in the most recent Government Research Assessment Exercise. School of Medicine researchers annually win tens of millions of pounds in research awards to work with Government, the healthcare industries and the charitable sector on the most pressing issues of human health. The School has also been instrumental in establishing and running many important national research initiatives including the Wales Gene Park, Wales Cancer Bank, the Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair and the Healing Foundation UK Centre for Burns Research.

3. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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Further Information:

Emma Darling
Public Relations
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 20874499

Alistair Syme
Ceidiog Communication for the Welsh Ambulance Service
Tel: 01824 703073