Sonning Common
Community First Responders




Who We Treat

NHS 111 Service

111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

NHS 999 Service

Call 999 in a medical emergency (someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk). Examples include: loss of consciousness; acute confused state and fits that are not stopping; persistent, severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that cannot be stopped; severe allergic reactions; severe burns or scalds.
Call 999 immediately, if you or someone else is having a heart attack or stroke. Every second counts with these conditions.

Community First Responders

Welcome to the Sonning Common Community First Responders' website.

Community First Responders are volunteers who give their time freely to help care for people and save lives in their community.

Sonning Common First Responders are trained by the South Central Ambulance Service to deal with a wide range of potentially life-threatening conditions until the arrival of an ambulance. First Responders are dispatched at the same time as the ambulance crews, but because of their location they usually arrive before the ambulance.

Very often the role they play is one of reassurance, for example in instances where someone has chest pains, but in more extreme cases they can perform CPR or use a defibrillator to restart someone's heart. They are intimately involved in the middle two links of the 'Chain of Survival', in order to improve significantly the chances of someone living.

For more detail on the Sonning Common team please visit the About Us pages.

We are currently saving hard for a 4x4 liveried vehicle - please visit the Donate page for further information.

If you'd like to know how many calls we make, what problems we attend, etc, please visit the Stats page.

The Useful Info page has advice on a number of areas of public health.

Please find below one Community First Responder's view of what she does, and how she feels...