These motoring medics are a group of fully trained doctors who volunteer their time and specialist expertise to provide emergency assistance after traffic accidents or other serious incidents.
They drive themselves to the scene and are often the first people to arrive, providing hospital-standard care and dispensing medication that paramedics can't prescribe. This vital treatment can save lives, ease pain and reduce the chances of long-term disability for the people they look after. You may have seen them caring for accident victims on the roadside. In sports grounds. Perhaps even in fields. They use their expertise to work with South Western Ambulance Service crews and air ambulance services across Wiltshire, Swindon and Bristol.
Fully qualified medical professionals
As well as highly qualified volunteer doctors, the SWIFT teams include experienced paramedics and nurses. These dedicated medical professionals carry out their life-saving work unpaid and in their own time.
Each year they are called to over 200 medical emergencies, involving a total of around 300 patients. In the most serious cases, they can give the patient painkillers stronger than morphine and provide pre-hospital intensive care by offering treatments such as anaesthesia. Each year they save a life or prevent a life-changing injury for approximately 50 people, all on a budget of just £28,000 – not a penny of which is provided by the Government.
Helping to keep the SWIFT teams safe
Our Dick Lovett staff believe passionately in SWIFT's wonderful work, so we have provided the charity with a brand new BMW 3 Series Touring xDrive car, kitted out with the technology needed to operate as an emergency response vehicle.
The car includes extra equipment to improve the team's response to incidents. It also has fluorescent branding, a siren and fitted lights to enhance their safety by protecting the scene and alerting passing drivers to what's happening.
The car has already proved its worth at multiple serious incidents.
We are very proud to play our part in enabling SWIFT Medics to continue giving out-of-hospital emergency medical care to our local communities.
Chris Taylor, Head of Business - Dick Lovett Hungerford
This is making a huge difference to how effectively our doctors are able to work at the coalface.
Jonathan Glover, SWIFT chairman
SWIFT Medics is a registered charity and an affiliate of BASICS – the British Association for Immediate Care. It relies entirely on donations and receives no funding from the NHS. If you'd like to know more, or to make a donation, visit http://www.swiftmedics.net/support-us/donate