Thursday 4th December 2014 – 2.45pm – Claire Brown.
A charity which helps the ambulance service to provide care to the seriously ill is responding to 999 calls in a new car.
The Central Accident Resuscitation and Emergency (CARE) Team is a charity made up of volunteer doctors and nurses who provide advanced pre-hospital medical care to the seriously injured and critically unwell patients.
Every weekend, the team’s doctors and nurses volunteer their time and skills to respond to critically ill patients. Working alongside staff from the Trust, the team are sent to patients who have been seriously injured in road traffic collisions, industrial incidents, shootings, stabbings as well as those suffering serious medical problems.
The volunteers bring additional skills, equipment, drugs and surgical procedures to the patient which all helps to save lives and improve patient outcomes.
After two years of fundraising, the team recently reached their goal and bought an ex-demonstration Volvo XC70 for £25,000. The charity will need to raise £10,000 a year to keep it maintained and fuelled. Dr Robert Moss, Fundraising Lead for the CARE Team, said: “Raising this amount of money has been a significant challenge for the Team. Now we have a car that is perfect for our needs; we carry a lot of medical equipment as well as our team of four clinicians.
“We are delighted that Paul Rigby Volvo are going to be maintaining the car for us. It’s going to have a hard life covering the number of miles we travel each month so having a car that’s reliable and in excellent condition is important for us.”
Notes to Editors: For more information about the West Midlands CARE Team please visit http://www.wmcareteam.com/