Big-hearted local people in the Tarbert area have raised thousands of pounds for Scotland’s “flying doctor” service and sister rescue services.
The cash for the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) poured in thanks to a special fundraising charity day and dance held earlier this year and organised by Karen Robertson (28) an Accident and Emergency Staff Nurse at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, and paramedic Lynne Clark (41), both from Tarbert.
It will be split between the EMRS, Scottish Air Ambulance Service and the Royal Navy’s Search and Rescue Service based at HMS Gannet.
Karen said: “It started out as a charity dance and then just snowballed into a charity day which raised £11,050 and will be split between all three services.
“Because I work in A&E in the Southern General Hospital I am very aware of the work of the service and because I am from Tarbert I also know how much of a lifeline this service is to rural Scotland.”
Around 300 people came along to the event in Tarbert, sponsored by famous cake and biscuit company Tunnocks, and which included stands showcasing the work of the police, fire brigade and ambulance service, as well as the EMRS.
Dr Dave Stoddart, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, and one of the flying doctors, said:
“EMRS would like to thank Karen and Lynne very much for all the hard work they put into organising such a terrific day, and also a big thank-you to the local community for raising such a large amount of money.
“We are always appreciative of the support we get from rural communities who are very much aware of the service we provide.
“Our share of the funds will be put back into the local community because it will go towards carrying out on-going training and education courses for rural health care professionals such as GPs, nursing staff, paramedics and ambulance technicians.”
Notes to Editors:
What does this service offer people in rural areas?
This service offers patients in rural areas with life threatening injuries and illnesses with an improved chance of survival. This is through the emergency medical retrieval service taking a role in rural practitioner training, immediate access to expert emergency telephone advice, rapid access to a consultant with critical care skills in the rural health care facility and safe air transfer to definitive care. Essentially the EMRS is an integrated system of emergency care for rural Scotland.
How does this service differ from what previously existed?
The Scottish Ambulance Service operates two helicopters and two fixed wing aircraft serving rural health care facilities. These are crewed by pilots and paramedics. What the emergency medical retrieval service does is add a consultant in emergency or intensive care medicine equipped with mobile life support equipment to the existing pilot and paramedic team. This allows a huge increase in the number of life saving interventions that can be carried out in the rural General Practitioners’ surgery or rural community hospital.
What area do you cover?
The pilot serves all rural health care facilities on the west coast from Stranraer in the south to Stornoway in the north. This includes three rural general hospitals, 13 community hospitals and numerous isolated practices.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.