Volunteer doctors in the East Midlands respond to rise in emergency calls
Call-outs for emergency doctors volunteering with the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS), increased by 20 per cent over last year.
EMICS doctors are volunteers fully trained in trauma work, who respond to serious emergencies in support of the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
They are provided with specialist equipment enabling them to perform life saving interventions, such as at industrial, road and rail accidents.
EMICS were called out 1,515 times in 2014 across the East Midlands, including to 331 incidents in Lincolnshire, which were primarily road crashes and medical emergencies.
There are five EMICS doctors in the county, with Squadron leader Dr Adrian Dawson being the most recent recruit. Dr Dawson is unit medical officer at RAF Coningsby’s station medical centre, and before joining the RAF in 2010 was a GP in North Yorkshire for 15 years.
In 2000 he set up one of the first practice-integrated community paramedic schemes in England in partnership with the local ambulance service, as well as flying with the Great North Air Ambulance Service for six years.
He joins four fellow EMICS doctors in the county, including St Peter’s Hill surgery GP Dr Kiki Steel. All the doctors work for the scheme on a voluntary basis, but the life saving kit they carry is provided by EMICS and typically costs around £25,000. EMICS is a registered charity with no government funding, and asks anyone wishing to sponsor the team to contact the Treasurer on 07736711199, or to complete the donation form available at www.emics.org.uk