10:05 Wednesday 22 January 2014

Volunteer doctor pleads for help to boost funds

Written byROB SMYTH

A VOLUNTEER doctor who was honoured for staying by the side of a man trapped underneath a lorry for more than two hours following a road smash has issued a funding plea to members of the public.

Dr Nick Foster, part of the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS), is asking people to put their hands in their pockets to support the scheme which provides ‘vital’ support to the emergency services.

Dr Foster rose to fame in 2011 after he was called to an incident near Hatton when a 44- year-old man became trapped in his Peugeot car following a collision involving two lorries.

He was trapped for around two-and-a-half hours before the lorries were eventually separated and the casualty was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital with minor injuries.

Dr Foster was one of the first on scene and stayed with the man the entire time - he was later awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his efforts.

He said: “Although all the doctors work for EMICS on a totally voluntary basis, the scheme, which is a registered charity, needs to continually raise funds to maintain existing equipment and purchase new specialist equipment to enable more doctors to be recruited.

“EMICS receives no financial support from any government source and is entirely funded by donations from members of the public.

“Anyone wishing to sponsor the team and the work of EMICS would be doing a great thing and would help people.”

All doctors in EMICS are volunteers who attend emergency incidents at the request of and in support of staff from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

The doctors are experienced and fully trained in trauma work and are equipped to perform lifesaving interventions at the scene of road traffic accidents.

All EMICS doctors receive no payment for their work.

EMICS is a registered charity, receives no financial support from any Government source.

The scheme needs to urgently raise funds for lifesaving equipment.

A typical set of equipment costs around £25,000.

More information about its work and fund-raising is available by visiting www.emics.org.uk or by calling 07736 711199

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