New kit for Yorkshire Ambulance Service BASICS doctors

Dr David Hickson and Dr Andy Pountney, Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

A team of volunteer doctors who attend serious incidents have been kitted up with new protective clothing, thanks to funding from Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity.

The doctors are part of the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) and make themselves available to respond to emergencies on behalf of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) at any time of the day or night.

They work alongside ambulance crews and other emergency services to provide enhanced pre-hospital treatment to patients. Their new personal protective equipment (PPE) is fire retardant, highly visible and clearly identifies the doctors when they are on scene.

Dr David Hickson, Chairman of YAS BASICS, said, “Over 300 serious incidents are attended by our doctors in Yorkshire every year. There are, however, very limited funds allocated for this and when it became clear that new PPE was required to meet the highest standards, we were extremely grateful that Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity offered to support us in this way.

“We have worked closely with Rig Equipment Limited, which manufactures this PPE and has supported the project by waiving some of its usual costs associated with production.”

Danielle Norman, Charitable Fund Manager at Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity, added, “The YAS BASICS doctors generously give their time and expertise to save lives across Yorkshire, so we’re delighted to provide the best equipment available to keep them safe whilst helping patients.”