Charity teamwork to save lives

Volunteer doctors are teaming up with ambulance paramedics to help improve patient outcomes thanks to the relaunch of regional charity, BASICS Ambulance North East (BANE).

The charity, which was originally formed in 1997, had been dormant for six years after several original founding members left the service. Now it has been reformed with the help of new charity chair, Andy Thomas, who works as a senior paramedic at NEAS.

Andy is urging people to support the charity. He said: “This scheme improves response rates to cardiac arrests, trauma and admission prevention, as well as providing development opportunities for junior doctors, nurses and paramedics. However, to enable us to continue with our registered charity status, we need to raise the profile of what we do to raise funds that will help us sustain it.”

With over 70 doctors volunteering as part of the scheme, BANE will support NEAS by providing both pre-hospital emergency care and medicine for patients suffering cardiac arrest, trauma, and severe medical emergencies.

Consultant paramedic at North East Ambulance Service, Paul Aitken-Fell, said: “Having the right skills at the scene of an emergency can make all the difference to patients. In some situations, it might save their life and in others it might mean that they can be treated at home and avoid having to go to hospital. In particular, at times of high demand, support like this is invaluable.”

BANE is one of many schemes around the country associated with the British Association for Immediate Care, which provides skilled medical help at the site of an accident, medical emergency, or in transit. Immediate Care Schemes draw on a wide variety of different individuals and groups who have organised themselves to provide immediate medical care.

To support BANE, visit: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/BASICSNE

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