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Cups and Shields Golf Competition, Monkstown - September 2008 Print E-mail
Written by John O'Connell   

St John Ambulance at Monkstown Golf CourseSt John Ambulance, Cork City were invited to provide medical cover at the National Finals of the Cups and Shields Competition at Monkstown Golf Club, situated on the outskirts of Cork City, Ireland. We have provided first aid and ambulance cover at this venue many times before, but it is the first duty there since a major upgrade of the clubhouse was completed.

The competition was held from Monday the 15th to Sunday the 21st of September inclusively. Attendance was light at the beginning of the week but began to grow steadily, culminating with somewhere in the region of a thousand or so people attending on the Thursday and Friday.

It was an early start; the first tee-off was usually at 7.30AM which meant members had to be on site by 7AM. One of our Crusader ambulances was sent each day. As with all duties we had our usual complement of equipment in tow; Laerdal FR2 AED, 2 Motorola UHF radios and a Lifepak 300 for 3 lead ECG monitoring.

For two days of the event, our ambulance was crewed by two Emergency Medical First Responders (EMFRs). For the remainder of the duty, the crew consisted of an Advanced Paramedic and an EMFR. This goes to show the dedication of our members when they aim to get midweek duties covered. In addition to the ambulance, we were provided with a golf cart, modified to take a stretcher and an attendant, allowing us to move around the course extremely quickly.

We were also pleased to work with management who had their own AED and 6 fully trained cardiac first responders.

It was a relatively quiet event in terms of patient volume. Club management were thankful that our services were not required in a more serious capacity but still considered it a worthwhile precaution to have us standby. All in all it was quite a successful duty, and one which we hope to cover again in the near future.