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BASICS doctors work alongside the Ambulance Service to provide Immediate Care for patients at the scene of an accident or sudden illness. A serious road collision, cardiac arrest or critical illness can leave a life hanging in the balance. BASICS doctors are on hand to provide expert medical care for those patient's both before and during what may be a long trip to hospital.
These doctors are all local hospital consultants and GPs who have developed specialist skills in Immediate Care. They volunteer their time "on-call" for BASICS, usually at home outside of their usual practice hours.
Although their time is given freely, its costs around £5,000 to get each new medic ready for duty. The BASICS service receives no cash support from the government nor NHS. It is entirely dependent on public donations and support to function.
BASICS Dorset raises funds to train and equip BASICS doctors who volunteer in our county. As well as funding, we are a support and development network to improve and maintain the service in Dorset. We also provide training and development to Dorset's pre-hospital medical community.