Volunteers help casualties after Peak District car crash

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Two volunteer emergency doctors from East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme attended a two-car road traffic collision in the Peak District.

The collision happened between Tideswell crossroads and Great Hucklow, in the Peak District, about 8.40am, on Tuesday, November 18.

A 41-year-old woman was trapped with chest injuries and a man suffered neck and back injuries while a two-year-old child suffered only minor air-bag injuries.

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance took the woman to Stoke on Trent for treatment.

Land ambulance paramedics took the man to the Northern General Hospital and the child was taken to the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield.

Dr Chris Press was called to assist by the East Midlands Ambulance Service and Dr Stuart Maitland-Knibb was on duty with the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Dr Press is a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield and Dr Maitland-Knibb is a GP in Northamptonshire and works one day a week on the air ambulance.

Dr Press praised the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service for their great work in extricating the injured.

EMICS Doctors are all volunteers who are fully trained in trauma work and respond to calls to attend serious emergencies in support of staff from the EMAS.

They are equipped with a wide range of specialist equipment to perform life saving interventions at the scene of an incident such as industrial or road traffic accident or rail crash.

This equipment is funded by EMICS and can range from a defibrillator costing £2000 to protective boots costing £80.

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.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the team and the work of EMICS can do so by telephoning the Treasurer on 07909 547 156 or by visiting www.emics.org.uk. You can follow EMICS on Facebook at ‘999emics’ or on Twitter at @emics999