British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS)
BASICS is a national charity with local schemes. In the South West Peninsula there are four schemes, which are all charitable organisations. They provide a network of volunteer doctors with special training in the emergency management of trauma and medical conditions outside hospital. They respond to incidents at the request of ambulance control in their own cars, which are equipped with blue lights and sirens.
Most of the work is in helping casualties of road traffic collisions, especially those who are trapped and seriously injured.
The doctors are available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and perform this role in addition to their "day jobs" which are predominantly in General Practice, Anaesthetics and Emergency Medicine.
For more information see www.basics-southwest.org.uk