Sawston Community First Responder Group received a grant from the Microsoft Research Limited Fund to purchase a Raizer chair which assists in non-injury falls, where a patient has fallen and is unable to get up by themselves. This forms part of the medical kit used when called to 999 calls, to assist the ambulance service as community first responders. All users of this equipment are fully trained by the ambulance service prior to use.
The grant has enabled Sawston Community First Responder Group to increase the scope of the medical emergencies that they can deal with, with most patients able to be discharged on scene. The time spent on the floor by patients is also minimised, when the ambulance service is otherwise busy.