In all, five GPs from Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen, and three Aberdeen Royal Infirmary specialists are now proud recipients of the commemorative medal, which was created to thank emergency services personnel, and others, who provide services to the public.
The volunteers who provide life-saving pre-hospital emergency care, are Dr Gavin Packham GP of Central Buchan, Dr David Cooper GP (Aberdeen), Dr Ewen McLeod GP (Ballater), Dr Mike Kay GP (Insch), Dr Alastair Glennie GP (Kemnay), Dr Fiona Mair Associate Specialist Emergency Medicine NHS Grampian, and NHS Grampian Consultant Anaesthetists Dr Mark Bloch and Dr Andrew Ronald.
These emergency specialists all volunteer as Responders with the charity British Association for Immediate Care, Scotland (BASICS). This promotes skilled, on the spot, medical care before patients arrive at hospital for emergency treatment. Members attend 999 emergencies in their area – there are some 40 to 50 callouts each month in Grampian and the Highlands − as part of a coordinated response with other emergency services, mainly the Scottish Ambulance Service. These emergencies range from road crashes to choking incidents.
Dr Fiona Mair, Associate Specialist Emergency Medicine NHS Grampian, has been a member of BASICS since 2002. She said: “We all feel very honoured that our voluntary work has been recognised in this way.”
Her work has included giving emergency treatment for a serious asthma attack case at a remote farmhouse, a crash where a driver needed airway, breathing and circulatory support as well as a pelvic splint to control internal haemorrhaging, while arrangements were made to remove them from the wreckage, and she even had to use her own car to stop traffic to make it safe to give aid to a pedestrian who had been knocked down, sustaining a wide range of serious injuries.
Dr Ewen McLeod, who is also a Director of BASICS, said: “At the instigation of Don Cameron, Head of Services, Inverness Ambulance Control Centre, all Responders associated with the SAS for five years or more were put forward for this honour. We were delighted to have Responders in Grampian presented by Mr Cameron with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals, at our 10th anniversary BASICS conference.”
All the equipment used by these Responders, such as The Sandpiper Bag with life saving, airway, breathing and circulatory support equipment, is provided through the Sandpiper Trust, which has also been presented with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.