Together we can save more lives in Scotland
Our aim is to save lives across Scotland, lives which otherwise might have been lost because it’s not always possible for emergency treatment to be administered quickly enough.
In an ideal world, ambulances response times would always be lightning fast, but we know that this isnot always achievable, especially in more rural or remote areas where location, number of ambulances and demand come into play. As a family who has experienced tragedy personally, improving rapid response medical care in rural areas has been our mission for 15 years.
We do this through the provision of appropriate, standardised and uniform medical e
quipment, known as Sandpiper Bags, for use by specially trained GPs, community nurses, paramedics and A&E Consultants, all of whom operate on a voluntary basis. And now this extends to non-medical volunteers, who, equipped with defibrillators respond to cardiac arrest call outs through our Wildcat initiative.
Working in conjunction with the Scottish Ambulance Service, our trained and fully equipped responders are primed and ready to act as soon as a high-priority 999 call comes in. They are often the first to arrive at the scene of an accident or emergency, administering vital, pre-hospital care. Put simply, they save lives.
There are many ways to get involved
We have made great progress in improving rapid response medical care, but to continue our work, we need your support. Whether you’d like to fundraise for us or are a medical professional interested in becoming a BASICS Sandpiper responder, we’d like to hear from you. Don’t have a medical background but want to help save lives in your own community? Then we may have the role for you. We are currently recruiting local responders for our cardiac arrest campaign, Sandpiper Wildcat.