Suffolk medical charity sees rise in 2013 call outs

Dr Pam Chrispin, the newly appointed chairman of Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS)
Dr Pam Chrispin, the newly appointed chairman of Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS)

The Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) saw an increase in the number of call outs it received in 2013 - with Haverhill the second busiest area on its patch.

The emergency medical charity is mobilised to serious or life-threatening incidents which require enhanced critical care resources.

SARS volunteer doctors and paramedics responded to 290 calls for assistance from the Ambulance Service last year which was an increase of 56 on the previous year.

In 2013 the charity’s medical team attended 17 incidents in Haverhill.

Over 100 of the SARS call outs were to road traffic collisions but the charity’s volunteers also attended 43 cardiac arrests, 30 serious falls and ten stabbings as well as treating patients with a variety of other life-threatening medical conditions.

Despite only having a small group of volunteer doctors and paramedics to call upon in 2013, SARS attended incidents in over 100 different locations across Suffolk and it’s neighbouring counties of Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Dr Pam Chrispin who took over as chair of the charity in November 2013 commented: “It’s a testament to the outstanding dedication of our volunteers that they are willing to sacrifice their spare time and get up at all hours to help critically ill or injured people in their local community.

“It also shows that a small charity can make a vital contribution to pre-hospital patient care in our region.

“We would like to thank all the people who have given us the financial support to make this possible - the parish and town councils, the local clubs and all those wonderful individuals who have hosted fundraising events in aid of SARS in 2013.

“We hope that they and others can help us again this year, as the need for our specialist resource remains high.”