Help Save Lives In Hertfordshire

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Raised by 33 people in 11 months
BASICS Hertfordshire - We're a team of doctors and highly skilled paramedics who assist the local ambulance service with critically unwell patients. We volunteer in our free time and all work in the NHS for our 'day jobs.'

Whether it be road traffic accidents or childhood cardiac arrest, BASICS Hertfordshire is able to provide medical assistance on-site to those people in critical conditions who might not otherwise survive long enough to reach the nearest hospital.

The service we provide is vital to the community but as a charity we receive no government or local funding. So we're completely dependent on the generosity of the public.

At present, BASICS-Hertfordshire is in need of a dedicated response vehicle so that they can respond more often to a greater range of incidents. Any donations made will go towards purchasing a purpose-built response vehicle which will allow the team to not only provide an invaluable service to the community but expand the number of responders and their skillset.

Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

BASICS Hertfordshire is a HMRC registered charity (EW41253)
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We have our first charity runner!
Claire is an Ambulance Associate Practitioner with East of England Ambulance Service. She will be running the Cambridge Saucony Half Marathon on the 4th March and we are incredibly grateful that she has chosen BASICS Hertfordshire to be her nominated charity!
Please consider donating to her JustGiving page:

Remember, your donations go entirely towards purchasing new equipment for the charity, alowing us to respond more often to critically unwell patients.

Thank you.
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Hello all! It's been all quiet on the Western Front recently but whilst this fundraising page has been ongoing, BASICS Herts doctors have responded to over 30 calls! That's over 2 patients a week who have received life-saving interventions at the roadside by our highly trained volunteer medics over the last 2 months alone.

But we need your help to continue to be able to operate and bring critical care to those most in need.

Please, dig deep and share this campaign with your loved ones, friends and colleagues.
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It's 02:30. He's been trapped in the car now since 23:30 the day before. This man has spent the past three hours stuck in the wreckage of his brand new BMW, that hit a tree at high speed. I can't get him out. The fire crew can't get him out. He's cold and in pain. His right leg is embedded deep in the metalwork of the car, and, because the tree looks as though it has grown through the bonnet of his car, we are unable to do a dash roll to move the dash away and give us some more room.

I need my friend here, my mobile mechanic, to help decide what bit of the car is what. I peer at the leg, and pass my hand down slowly, to see where he is trapped, and by what. I cannot get my hand further than mid-calf - the rest of the leg and foot is completely buried. I have a chat to the fire crew, and suggest various bits of the car to cut off, knowing that this is going to take a long time. Fortunately for Timothy the foot injury seems to be the only problem he has. He is very chatty, telling me about his work as a Loss Adjuster for a local insurance firm.

Another half an hour goes by. I can now get my hand down to the top of his sock, but we are running out of options. The fire crew are cutting away down a deep hole, and it is proving increasingly harder for them to do anything without hurting Tim.

I regroup with the fire officer. I wonder whether we would be able to pull the car away from the tree. This is not something we would normally do because of the risk of injuring the patient, but in this case I can't see any alternative.

I decide to have one more look. Sometimes, if you clear some space behind the leg, this gives a small amount of manouevrebility, and the foot slips out. I run my hand down the back of the calf, and hit what I at first think is the leather seat cover. I look at the seats they are fabric. But this definitely feels more leathery. I ask for a torch, and peer down the hole, only to be greeted with the sight of his shoe. His shoe, toes pointing upwards, behind his leg. Pushing the shoe, prodding it with my gloved hand, I realise that his foot is still in the shoe, bent all the way back and up against the back of the leg. Furthermore, the sole of the shoe, and so the sole of the foot, is not the side of the foot that is resting against the back of the leg - it's the top of the foot. Try this yourself: take your shoe off. Now, keeping your shoe in the position it was when it was on your foot, bend it back all the way, until the sole of the shoe is against the back of your leg, with the toes pointing up towards the back of your knee. Now twist the shoe round, so that the laces are against the leg, rather than the sole, still with the toes pointing up to the back of your knee. Finally, imagine doing that with your foot still in the shoe! Well, that is the situation my patient is in...

Ok, so, although he has an obvious nasty fracture of his ankle, this will make extrication far easier, because the foot is not buried in the car - it is behind his leg. I decide to give Tim some STRONG pain-killers, and PULL him out. I am kneeling on the passenger seat (did I mention the roof and doors were removed ages ago?) and there are fire crews all around, to do the heavy lifting, while I pull the leg and foot out of the hole.

Nicely out of it on painkillers, Tim doesn't make a sound as I pull hard on the leg and foot. It still won't budge. I feel around again, confused, until I realise that his heel is getting stuck on the metalwork, and I cannot get it out. I call over my shoulder for a pair of scissors, and cut away at the shoe, until I can get his foot out of the shoe. It is very odd, seeing his toes right at the back of his leg, but at last he is beginning to move. It gets very dark, as the fire crew lean over and across me to grab a piece of the released passenger, and haul him up the waiting spinal board.

I glance at my watch - 04:30.
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It's been under 2 weeks and we're almost 10% of the way to our goal!! Thank you all so much to those of you who've dug deep and donated to this project. But we're not there yet!! Please keep sharing and encouraging your friends and family to donate.

Here's one of our doctors talking on BBC 3 Counties Radio this last week - have a listen to find out what we do and why your support is so crucial to our work.
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