Although BASICS by name, this group of emergency doctors provides care which is anything but basic!
Our Doctors respond in their own vehicles and their own time 24 hours a day. All are senior clinicians who have undertaken extensive specialist training in the complex and challenging arena of pre-hospital emergency medicine. They are drawn from the fields of Anaesthetics, Primary Care and Emergency Medicine and new members undergo a rigorous selection process.
Our national promotional video that was put together in 2013, it gives an idea of our vital role, please watch.
Some of our team are also educators, teaching vital life-saving skills to other emergency carers at home and abroad.All are fully committed to providing the best possible emergency medical support, working together with ambulance colleagues and other emergency services to save local lives – when seconds count!
The team are supported by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, but provide their expertise and time on a voluntary basis. The doctors are on call all day, every day, so are ready to respond whenever a serious emergency occurs within Devon (and further afield if required).
As soon as Ambulance Control raises the alarm, the doctors proceed to the incident - all are trained and approved blue-light response drivers. Their vehicles are equipped with specialist medical equipment and life-saving drugs. Using these, and the expert knowledge gained through regular training and practice, the doctors are able to provide an additional tier of medical care which supports and supplements the excellent service provided by our local ambulance crews.
Patients with severe injuries and life-threatening medical problems are most likely to survive if emergency treatment begins at the earliest opportunity, be it at the roadside or in the home.
BASICS Devon doctors will therefore respond rapidly to any incident where lives hang in the balance. Many call-outs are to the victims of major trauma, frequently in road accidents, but the team also answer calls to a wide range of time critical emergencies including:
Formed of two organisations with common goals (PLIMS and TACTICS); BASICS Devon continue their commitment to providing the best care at the right time
Doctors and those in supporting roles work together to ensure the organisation is at the cutting edge or patient safety.