We wish all our supporters, our “saves” and our colleagues a good, safe and healthy 2013.
Our fundraisers have been brilliant in a year which has been hard for all charities.
Lynne Caine has done wonderfully as ever with the continued support of everyone in East Hampshire. Shane Woolmore – despite his own health problems – did us proud in our second Halloween in Southampton. Thanks to our new chairman, Dr Howard Simpson from Basingstoke, and the Sheep Fair in Overton (Christine Field) we’re now a bit better known in north Hampshire.
Luke Morrison from Hill Head did an astonishing turn in his Laser round the Isle of Wight. A shout out, too, to Jordon Griffin, Sue and his family who raised so much money in Fareham and Winchester.
And here on the Dorset/Hampshire/Wiltshire borders we’ve been raising funds with enormous help from Kim Price and her team and Chris West and his family. Bizarrely Chris (a save on the Dorset/Hampshire borders) has his dad fundraising in Newbury, and we are now in touch with Natalie Everall, top chap and BASICS H save from Mick Channon’s Berkshire stables.
2012 marked a huge change for pre hospital critical care – in England & Wales and in Hampshire. The national trauma network was put into practice – meaning anyone who needed critical care would go to the major hospitals in their counties or over the borders who could best and most immediately deal with their illness or injury, bypassing other, nearer hospitals.
It means longer travel times – and obviously a recognition of the need for prehospital critical care – and doctors who are properly qualified to provide it alongside their paramedic colleagues.
BASICS Hampshire have provided that sort of service for the last ten years. However, it’s been a volunteer service – which means – as we say elsewhere on this site – it has been a matter of chance if any of the team can respond. The only people in the UK who can rely on a 24/7 NHS prehospital care remain those who live in London and Scotland.
We’re working on this and BASICS Hampshire is part of the team leading the way. There are still plans afoot for a doctor-led helicopter service, but that doesn’t yet meet a 24/7 service or use the cars that would meet it half-way. 2013 may see some sort of result!