LIFE SAVING PROTECTIVE CLOTHING FOR VOLUNTEER EMERGENCY MEDICS

Updated: Jul 23, 2019


Left to right: Janet Hurden, Clifford Raymont, Pam Honeywill, Dr Ian Higginson, Dr Tom Owens, Dr Simon Scott-Hayward, Joyce Harris, Carole Hewett, Ann Jones, Marion Raymont, Dave Foster.


WHEN: MONDAY 22ND JULY 2019 AT 9.30AM

WHERE: NEWTON ABBOT HOSPITAL, MAIN ENTRANCE

WHO: NEWTON ABBOT LEAGUE OF FRIENDS AND BASICS DEVON VOLUNTEER MEDICS


The League of Friends in Newton Abbot Community Hospital have shown their remarkable generosity once more to local charity BASICS Devon by donating a further £3,719.20 to provide their volunteers with newly bespoke designed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE.) The League of Friends previously donated an amazing £3,790.00 back in June 2018 to BASICS Devon to purchase 2 x capnotrue monitors, a vital piece of emergency medical equipment for their volunteer responders, so a total funding of an incredible £7,509.20.


BASICS Devon doctors want to express their thanks, Dr Simon Scott-Hayward Volunteer Doctor reacts to the support ‘We are enormously grateful for the generosity shown, our new protective clothing is vital to enable our volunteer doctors to continue to respond in our communities.’



Dr Ian Higginson, Dr Tom Owens, Dr Simon Scott-Hayward, Volunteer Immediate Care Dotors.

The new Personal Protective Equipment, has been designed by knowledgeable BASICS Devon doctors to ensure it is practical, visible and enduring. They studied what other emergency services use and had a relationship with the equipment supplier to meet their needs in the design process, which has been advantageous in designing their kit.


Being able to fit the volunteers with enhanced protective equipment means they have reduced the volunteer’s vulnerability when in life saving situations. With over a 30% increase in call outs, BASICS Devon doctors need to continue to be confident and kept safe to attend more patients to be treated and saved, to help ease their pain and suffering.


Not all incidents are straight forward for volunteer doctors. They have to identify risks to themselves and their patients on arrival at the scene, to treat them safely and accurately as best they can.

As a charity BASICS Devon need to support and take care of their dedicated volunteers, ensuring they are practically and mentally equipped to do the task they are vitally needed for.


Last year the volunteer doctors have attended 422 incidents some of which were during the hours of darkness, to difficult hard to reach accident sites, protective uniform is invaluable in this situation, to keep the doctor safe and recognisable. With huge thanks to The League of Friends in Newton Abbot Community Hospital the doctors will now be more equipped for isolated and hard to reach incidents, such as on the moors, feeling safe and secure to reach and treat the patient to the best of their ability.


Notes for Editor:


About BASICS Devon

BASICS Devon is a network of 14 emergency volunteer doctors providing immediate access to specialist medical care at the scene of an accident or illness. Making themselves available around the clock throughout the year, responding to incidents at the request of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. The charity relies solely on donations.

BASICS Devon doctors aim to provide a fast response to incidents in rural areas, and use their extensive skills to support patient care.


About League of Friends of Newton Abbot

For further information, to donate or get involved please visit: www.basics-devon.org.ukThe League of Friends in Newton Abbot, also a volunteer led group, are reaching out for committed people to join them and volunteer some time, please get in touch with Pamela Honeywill if you are interested in volunteering on email at pamhoneywill@yahoo.co.uk


For further information, to donate or get involved please visit: www.basics-devon.org.uk

Contact Amie Bull, Fundraising Manager amie.bull@basics-devon.org.uk T: 01752 936299

For further information please visit: www.basics-devon.org.uk

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