Somerset Accident Voluntary Emergency Service
Please jump for SAVES - Somerset Accident Voluntary Emergency Service because we are a group of four volunteer emergency doctors who support the ambulance service when requested, to the most serious Road Traffic Accidents, such as the recent M5 tragedy and to the most seriously ill patients.. We rely on donations and desperately need to update our existing equipment and to train and equip more volunteers to help cover Somerset's vast countryside. To train and equip just one doctor costs around £5000!
SAVES is a registered charity that provides a network of doctors to support the ambulance service in Somerset. The doctors have specialised training in the emergency management of trauma and medical conditions outside hospital. They respond to incidents at the request of ambulance control in their own cars, which are equipped with blue lights and sirens for those with ambulance approved driver training (and green lights for those who have not).
Most of our work is in helping casualties of road traffic collisions, especially those who are trapped and seriously injured. We are also called to give immediate medical care to people who have become critically ill through medical problems or trauma.
The doctors are available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and perform this role in addition to their "day jobs" which are predominantly in General Practice or Accident and Emergency. In addition to organising and supporting these doctors SAVES provides specialised equipment and training for this highly specialised role.
Ambulance technicians and paramedics are trained to extremely high standards and have a great deal of skill and experience in caring for patients from the time of injury or onset of acute medical problem to their arrival at hospital. SAVES Doctors can effectively bring hospital treatments to the patient and can take their care one step further. This may involve advanced assessment of the patient, specialised analgesia and anaesthesia, and surgical procedures.
The doctors also have an important role in scene management, and providing medical advice and support to the ambulance crews. Several of the doctors are accredited Medical Commanders with training to manage major incidents.