A doctor has joined volunteers supporting ambulance services across the Northamptonshire region.
Dr Ravi Chauhan, from Rugby, who has experience as a doctor in anaesthetics and intensive care in both the UK and Afghanistan, has joined the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS) after already working as a volunteer doctor with the West Midlands Ambulance Service for 10 years.
Already a registrar in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, his new position with EMICS means he will be available to support crews from East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) at emergencies in the area of the Northamptonshire border with Warwickshire.
He holds the rank of Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps and has served on a six month tour of duty at a forward operating base in Afghanistan, where he was responsible for managing a number of casualties in a resource limited environment.
Dr Ravi is also a member of council of BASICS (British Association of Immediate Care Schemes) and has experience in pre hospital emergency care including having worked on air ambulances in various regions.
All doctors in EMICS are volunteers who attend emergency incidents at the request of and in support of staff from the EMAS. These doctors are experienced and fully trained in trauma work and are equipped to perform life saving interventions at the scene of an incident such as industrial or road traffic accident or rail crash. They carry with them a wide range of specialist equipment to deal with the serious trauma and other emergencies that might be encountered in their day to day emergency work.
Although all the doctors work for EMICS on a totally voluntary basis, the Scheme, which is a registered charity, urgently needs to raise funds to purchase more of the specialist equipment that the doctors carry so that more doctors can be recruited.
A typical set of equipment for the doctors cost around £25,000. EMICS is a registered charity and receives no financial support from any government source.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the team and the work of EMICS can do so by telephoning the Treasurer on 07736711199 or by visiting www.emics.org.uk where there is a form to complete for sending Gift aided Donations.
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