The Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital are very glad to support the CRI +ICAL Emergency Medical Response (CEMR) service, a voluntary service driven locally by Dr Gerry Lane, one of 12 volunteer Doctors nationwide and primarily rural. The CEMR was previously known as the Air Ambulance Service. The purpose of CEMR is to give critical, lifesaving medical care in the community in advance of the arrival of the National Ambulance service on site. In 2022, CMER responded to 120 missions in county Donegal, divided equally among medical emergencies, cardiac arrests, and trauma.

The Friends were only too happy to respond to a request for funding from CEMR for the LUCAS automatic Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation kit at a cost of €15,000. This equipment provides automated CPR to patients who have had a cardiac arrest until an ambulance arrives.

Like the Friends, CEMR is a registered charity, the vehicle pictured was part funded by the Department of Rural Development via Clar funding; fuel, equipment and consumables charitably sourced from, and for, rural communities.

The photos attached were taken at a demo of new car & equipment by Dr Lane recently for some members of the Friends.

Anyone wishing to book a free seat on the bus to St. Luke’s should contact 086 2668827 or by contacting the Oncology Day Ward on 074 9188820/21