Exmoor Search & Rescue visit Musgrove A&E
|Published: 9th September 2009 08:13|
Members of the Exmoor Search and Rescue Team have spent time at the Accident and Emergency Department at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. The team were not hurt, but wanted to see what life was like in a busy A&E!
Derrick Reid is a member of the team. He said "Everybody attending thought it extremely worthwhile seeing how the next stage of patient care is taken forward. We all observed a variety of injuries and ailments in what appeared to be a steady stream throughout the shift. It was most useful observing the way the A&E staff dealt with the variety and number of cases and how they operated as a professional and proficient team. It was clear that both our team and the staff in A&E need to maintain a professional attitude and also to retain a sense of humour."
Dr Jason Louis, Clinical Lead for Emergency Medicine at Musgrove Park said "It was good to meet the team and learn more about what they do. They provide an excellent and much needed service."
The Exmoor Team provides a Search and Rescue service across Somerset and North Devon, assisting the Police in locating lost or missing persons and recovering the injured or ill from remote locations. They are made up entirely of highly skilled volunteers and are on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
As a charitable organisation, they receive no government funding. It costs over £15,000 a year to run the team, funded entirely by voluntary donations. If anyone would like to support the work, your donation would be gratefully received. For more information go to www.exmoor-srt.org.uk.
The picture shows (left to right) Amanda Webb, Derrick Reid, Jim Whatley and Dr Cliff Mann from Musgrove's A&E.