The Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) charity has purchased a vital piece of life-saving equipment thanks to the help of a variety of local funders in the Haverhill and Withersfield area.
The Zoll multi-parameter-meter bought by the charity can perform a variety of functions to help monitor critically ill or injured patients. Its £12,000 cost was covered by the fund-raising drive.
It will be carried by a SARS volunteer doctor and paramedic team who offer a specialised critical care resource which can support the ambulance service at life-threatening incidents in a 15 mile radius around Withersfield and Haverhill.
SARS volunteer doctor, Fiona Andrews, a GP at the Clements Surgery in Haverhill and a Withersfield resident, explained the benefits of the new equipment,
She said: “It really is a fantastic piece of kit, it is so compact and lightweight which means it is extremely practical for our type of enhanced critical care work where we are often treating patients in difficult conditions by the road-side.
“It can help monitor patients during sedation, has a built in defibrillator and can treat life-threatening heart conditions.”
SARS, which relies on voluntary donations to support its emergency medical work, was able to buy the equipment with the help of fund-raising events organised by local businesses in the area and a variety of grants and donations from local funders including the Wadlow Windfarm Community Fund.
Suffolk County Councillor for the Clare ward, Mary Evans, also gave a grant from her locality budget and a further donation came via Haverhill town Council.
SARS fund-raiser, Ben Hall, thanked the local donors for their support.
He said: “It was a brilliant response from local funders and groups and businesses around Withersfield and Haverhill.
“We would particularly like to thank Doug Bollen of the White Horse Inn, Withersfield, Glenn Edwards of Chippys in Haverhill and Bob Withers of Withersfield Carpet Bowls club.
“All of them have been great supporters of SARS over the last few years and the Bank Holiday Bash at the White Horse helped provide substantial funds towards this piece of equipment.”
•The Zoll was put into immediate use when the SARS volunteer team was mobilised to a serious road traffic collision near Sturmer last Wednesday (January 22) evening.
Two volunteer doctors and an ambulance all attended the collision on the B1054 in New England, which happened at about 5.40pm.
Medical staff treated two casualties at the scene. One casualty minor injuries and was discharged, the other had potential spinal injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.