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Rescue service call outs go up

TEAMWORK: Some of the SARS team, Dr Andrew Mason, Dr Fiona Andrews and Dr Karol Silovsky

TEAMWORK: Some of the SARS team, Dr Andrew Mason, Dr Fiona Andrews and Dr Karol Silovsky

The Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) saw an increase in the number of call outs it received in 2013.

And, for the third consecutive year, Bury St Edmunds was the emergency medical charity’s busiest location, with 21 serious incidents in 2013 compared to 15 in 2012.

SARS volunteer doctors and paramedics responded to 290 calls for assistance from the Ambulance Service in more than 100 different locations across Suffolk and it’s neighbouring counties last year, an increase of 56 on the previous year.

More than 100 of the call outs were to car crashes, but other incidents included 43 cardiac arrests, 30 serious falls and 10 stabbings.

Thanking those who give financial support to SARS, Dr Pam Chrispin, the charity’s chairman, said: “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.”

 

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