Wow, what a weekend for Community Medics. Our volunteers were out in the cold and rainy weather responding to motor vehicle collisions, medical incidents and fighting outside pubs. Our dispatch team were kept on their toes with multiple calls at a time and calls in the very early hours of the morning.
In the Central Division, which includes the Atlantic Seaboard and the City Bowl, at Kloof Street and Eaton, a man with a serious injury was taken to hospital by ER24. Thank you to Fire and Rescue for their assistance too. At Main and St John’s in Sea Point, another serious injury occurred and CSO and Fire and Rescue and Netcare 911 assisted at the scene of the accident and Netcare 911 transported the patient to the hospital. A further incident occurred at Main and Church streets in Woodstock, however, the patient did not wish to be transported to hospital, Community Medics were on scene to assist CSO. In addition to these, there were two medical calls where patients were treated by Community Medics members, with one patient requiring hospitalisation.
In the West Metro Division, which runs from Milnerton to Melkbos and includes Table View and surrounds, a minor collision took place at the corner of Blauuwberg Road and Wood Drive with no injuries. One of the drivers was taken by SAPS. Thank you to SAPS and TVNW for assistance. Fights broke out in the vicinity of Porterfield Road and Marine Circle and a number of patients were treated for cuts and bruises and pepper spray. In the early hours of Saturday morning, a fairly serious motor vehicle collision occurred at the corner of the R27 and Porterfield Road with a vehicle going through the fence and into the wall of the Church on the Rise. Occupants reported no injuries and were calmed and reassured by Community Medics members and one of the drivers was taken to the police station by SAPS. Later on Saturday, there was an additional Motor Vehicle Collision at the corner of Blaauwberg and Gie Roads which Community Medics assisted at, thank you to CSO, SAPS, TVNW, Fire and Rescue and ER24 for their assistance. One patient with moderate injuries was transported to the hospital and the other taken by the police. A further accident was reported at the N7 Melkbos which was attended by Community Medics, the Department of Health Metro Ambulance services, CSO and Provincial Traffic, but the scene was not found.
The Southern Suburbs Division, which is fairly newly formed were kept busy as well and didn’t have much break between each incident that occurred.
Always remember to increase your following distance when it is raining as roads can be slippery and braking distance increased. Wear your seat belt, proceed cautiously even if the robot is green for you and never use your phone or get behind the wheel if you have been drinking or taken any substances which could impair your concentration or slow your reaction times.
In an emergency, contact Community Medics on 087 230 0404. Members live in the community they volunteer in, so we are able to respond promptly and stabilise patients while awaiting ambulance transport to the hospital. We do not charge for our services.