Mountain rescue teams thanked for their invaluable help in Covid vaccination centers

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CRAVEN mountain rescue teams have received £ 5,000 in donations as a thank you for helping with a coronavirus vaccination program.

The Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organization (CRO) and Grassington-based Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association (UWFRA) both contributed to the vaccination program in Skipton run by the Wharfedale, Airedale and Craven Alliance, a federation of general practitioner practices. of the Dales.

With drastically reduced interventions at the start of lockdown last year, team members were able to devote time to the immunization program, and although they have returned to normal duties, teams continue to help.

Team members first helped the Skipton Hospital vaccination center and then when it moved to larger premises at Gateway House, Gargrave Road in Skipton.

Their expertise meant they were qualified to help clear snow from the parking lot, monitor patients for side effects, and treat injuries caused by slips on icy surfaces.

The £ 5,000 represented cash donations made by patients attending Skipton Vaccination Center over the past year.

Volunteer coordinator Simon Oxley, who is also a member of the CRO team, said: “When we assembled the group of volunteers for the initial vaccination center in December 2020, the mountain rescue teams seemed perfectly suited to the duties of commissioner in the windswept and snow-covered parking lot.

“We have now grown to around 200 volunteers, but the two local mountain rescue teams have continued to be an integral part of this, although they have now also returned to operational relief activities. ”

Dr Hilary Moakes, WACA Clinical Director, said it was fantastic to have the rescue teams involved at the center and helped them with all their help.

She explains: “Their training in emergency care is a great asset when we have to monitor patients after their vaccination for adverse effects, as well as the ability of the teams to cope with slips and trips in the parking lot.

Rescue team members with specific qualifications were also involved in setting up the standards and procedures of the vaccination center and also as vaccinators.

The donation will be used by CRO to equip some of the team members newly trained and skilled in water rescue techniques with personal protective equipment, including drysuits, specialized boots and flotation devices.

Meanwhile, UWFRA plans to use its funds to update its IT equipment in its communications van as well as the mapping used for people and animal searches.

Both organizations depend on donations.

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