24th June 2014
By David O’Sullivan
A West Doctor has been named Cork Person of the month to mark his many years of voluntary life-saving work.
Dr. Jason van der Velde is a Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine Physician working in the Emergency Department in Cork University Hospital but in his own time also mans a 4-wheel-drive 999/112 dispatched vehicle in West Cork.
It’s called West Cork Rapid Response and is a registered charity set-up in 2007.
It works in co-operation with the HSE’s Ambulance service, to improve coverage and levels of care before people are taken to Hospital.
Already it has inspired a similar service in East Cork.
Dr van der Velde has treated hundreds of critically ill or injured people and wins the Person of the month title, for going beyond the call of duty: climbing trees, scaling cliffs, and delivering babies at the side of the road or in rural farmhouses.
Cork Person of the Month Dr van der Velde now goes forward for entry into the overall Cork Person of the Year awards in January.
TheCork.ie has more on this positive West Cork story from David O’Sullivan