Who Are We?
BASICS-Hertfordshire are a group of volunteer doctors, paramedics and nurses. We give up our time to attend the scenes of major accidents and medical emergencies, in order to provide life-saving care to those in need.
What Do We Do?
We drive on blue lights and sirens, and are trained by the East of England Ambulance Service to the same driving standards as ambulance crews. We carry a wide variety of drugs and equipment, and can provide care over and above what a standard paramedic can do. Examples of the procedures we can perform on scene include:
- Advanced pain relief
- Intravenous access in difficult circumstances
- Surgical decompression of the chest
- Advanced airway manouevres, including intubation and ventilation, and surgical airways
We also bring with us many years of working with the victims of severe trauma, and our expertise gained in the Emergency Departments in which we work.
BASICS-Hertfordshire on TV
David Gaunt, one of our founding members, was featured in a new series, 'BritCam', on Sky 1. David was fitted with a body camera while he attended the scene of a road traffic collision, amongst other incidents, to provide the viewer with a truly immersive view of the life-saving work that BASICS doctors perform. The programme also shows the work of another BASICS scheme, the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, SARS. If you missed it, you can watch it on CatchUp TV