Our goal is to establish a higher level of voluntary clinical care which will complement the CFR activity in Co Wicklow.
The success of Rapid Response teams has already been proven in Cork over the last several years, through the voluntary operation of West Cork Rapid Response and East Cork Rapid Response.
It is our belief that enhanced critical care pre hospital can be lifesaving and that every part of Wicklow should have such a scheme in time. We hope that over the next few years that we will have developed 3-4 Rapid Response Vehicles throughout County Wicklow.
The WWRR doctor, Dr. David Menzies is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent's University Hospital. He also has an academic commitment to the Paramedic and Advanced Paramedic Training Programmes at University College Dublin Centre for Emergency Medical Science in partnership with the National Ambulance Service.
Dr Menzies responds voluntarily in his own time when circumstances allow. He is one of only 5 doctors on call to the National Ambulance Service country wide and the only such doctor in the east of the country.
Calls for assistance from WWRR come either directly from NAS control in Tallaght or from the crews already on scene where they have identified a need for specialist assistance.
In other jurisdictions, pre hospital critical care has also been provided on a voluntary basis by schemes such as BASICS in the U.K. for example. More recently, many ambulance services are now providing pre hospital critical care on a funded, roster ED basis with both pre hospital critical care physicians and critical care paramedics.
In time, we hope that this is also the case in Ireland. At present, 4 volunteer critical care doctors in Wicklow RR, West Cork RR, East Cork RR and ICRR Mayo are providing a critical care support to the National Ambulance Service nationally.