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Did you know? The Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) was established in 1971 as a General Practitioner immediate care scheme. GP’s were called to the scenes of road traffic accidents in their area and worked closely with ambulance crews to improve patient care. This service was voluntary and the doctors responded in their own cars. NARS soon became a charity and over the next 20 years began to recruit more voluntary doctors.
Dr Drew Welch is a specialist in anaesthetics and intensive care and a voluntary doctor for NARS. He said “we are extremely grateful to people of Norfolk for their continued support over the last 40 years as it’s the public who have helped to keep this vital service operating successfully”.
“We provide additional pain relief and have specialised equipment designed for helping sick and injured children. Some of our members are trained to give anaesthetics outside of hospital. Our aim is to provide road-based emergency care to the people of Norfolk at any time of the day or night”.
This November NARS inaugurated its first ever Rapid Response Vehicle Critical Care car. The car – an Audi Quattro Allroad – call sign ‘Medic 22’ – will be staffed by paramedics with advanced training and additional equipment. Critical Care Paramedics Carl Smith and Ryan Warwick are based near Kings Lynn and already attend many serious incidents in the area. They expect to provide routine cover on the new RRV, which will allow them to respond more quickly, with all the equipment and drugs they require.
Chris Neil is a Critical Care Paramedic for the Ambulance Service and a voluntary Critical Care Paramedic for NARS. “NARS has a fantastic working relationship with the Ambulance Service. The partnership means that teams of doctors and paramedics can work closely together so that seriously ill and injured patients can benefit from specialist care before they arrive in hospital. This car will make a huge difference to the amount of cover we can provide and will help us to train additional paramedics.”
Pre-hospital care involves assessment and initial emergency treatment of patients at the scene and in transit to the most appropriate hospital. The aim of pre-hospital care is to relieve pain and improve the chances of a positive outcome for those taken acutely ill in the community. Qualified doctors and paramedics working for NARS are given additional training and equipment in line with the latest research and clinical governance.
“We carry specially designed response bags equipped to cope with the most challenging of medical emergencies. Emergency ambulance crews call upon us to assist in the management of the sickest patients at home or at the roadside”.
NARS has recently started a weekly Sweepstake to help fund the RRV and keep it operational. You can find more details at www.nars.org.uk. If you would like to know more about NARS, offer support or become a volunteer please visit them on Facebook, or contact NARS by email: firstname.lastname@example.org