2013 Volunteer Ireland Awards, Community

Noelle Quann, Lismore Community First Response

Waterford

Dr Noelle Quann is a local GP, Clinical Lead and Co-Founder of the Lismore Community First Response Programme (LCFR). The LCFR recruits volunteers from the local community to train as Community First Responders. These volunteers are contacted by ambulance control to attend medical emergencies in their local area. A Community First Responder will be able to reach the patient within a few minutes to provide first aid, perform CPR and use a defibrillator where necessary. This will help to start and maintain the chain of survival during the crucial early stages, until a fully equipped ambulance arrives.

Noelle has contributed a great deal of time and hard work on a voluntary basis to get the scheme up and running. Despite working full-time in an extremely busy medical practice which involves many long days and late nights, she dedicates the majority of her spare time to the LCFR programme. The training is delivered jointly by Noelle and another Co-Founder of the programme. Niamh Quann nominated Noelle for a Volunteer Ireland Award, she said “It is wonderful experience to work as part of a team with other local people, knowing that some day that teamwork may help to save someone’s life. I believe Noelle deserves recognition as she makes an incredible difference, not only to her patients' lives, but also to our community and those around her.”