Acting as a catalyst for change, the Trust has brought together many of those working in the field of Immediate Care. In conjunction with BASICS (The British Association of Immediate Care, Scotland) and the Scottish Ambulance Service we have made massive strides in improving out of hospital care throughout the country. It’s this common goal and joined up thinking, that underpins our unique and life-saving partnership.
Our partnership with BASICS predates the launch of the Trust. In fact, it was a discussion about its very concept with Dr Colville Laird that saw the beginning of our relationship.
For 15 years, BASICS’ Dr Colville Laird, GP Auchterarder & Dr Ewen McLeod, GP Ballater have been the Sandpiper Trust’s medical advisers.
In conjunction with BASICS and based on the latest medical advances, the contents of the Sandpiper Bag have been compiled. In testament to its quality, the Sandpiper Bag has gone on to receive international acclaim.
In addition to the provision of medical equipment, BASICS has designed and introduced a training programme that lifts standards in immediate care to a new level of excellence. This ensures that every one of our responders has the most up to date skills necessary to save lives.
BASICS itself is an independent charity responsible for the provision of emergency training programs for doctors, paramedics and nurses in Scotland and is therefore a natural partner for the Sandpiper Trust. In 2004 they set up permanent offices in Aberuthven, naming the building ‘Sandpiper House’ as affirmation of our close association.
Commenting on our relationship, Catrina Hewitt, BASICS chairperson said “Within BASICS Scotland, we are in a unique and privileged position to have such strong ties with the Sandpiper Trust. The Sandpiper trust provides medical equipment, used throughout Scotland, to doctors, nurses and paramedics that we have trained in their use. Not only do they supply the medical kit that we work with during our medical emergencies, but they also assist in the purchase of the equipment we train with. Now with the launch of the Sandpiper Wildcat project, they are also involved in helping us provide good quality research in pre-hospital care. Yes they equip us and assist in the way we are trained but they also give us the motivation that we can make a difference in the field of pre-hospital care, and in particular the “golden hour” where many responders can be on scene prior to the other emergency services. We are incredibly grateful to all involved with the Sandpiper Trust, and look forward to continuing to build on our special bond.”
Such has been the success of our initiative that it has been endorsed by the Scottish Ambulance Service and incorporated into their 999 Emergency Response network, thereby helping reduce response times.
When a high priority call comes in, Scottish Ambulance Service controllers are able to locate our responders via vehicle locator systems. This allows the nearest responder to be despatched immediately. In many cases our responders are first to arrive on scene, providing vital medical care until an ambulance arrives and then often alongside paramedics until hospital admission.
In more rural and remote areas, where ambulance response times can be hampered by geography, location and resources, this partnership has had a significant impact on survival rates and patient outcomes.
Continually exploring new ways of working
Referring specifically to our Wildcat initiative, Milne Weir, General Manager North, Scottish Ambulance Service commented “The Scottish Ambulance Service is continually exploring new ways of working to ensure we are saving more lives than ever before. We are proud to work in partnership with Sandpiper Wildcat and communities across the Grampian region to enhance our co-responding network and provide life-saving care to patients experiencing cardiac arrest.”
Ours is a 15 year old relationship
Commenting on its relationship with the Trust, Dave Bywater, Consultant Paramedic and Lead for Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest, Scottish Ambulance Service added “We have worked closely with and benefited from the fantastic work of the Sandpiper Trust for over 15 years. Working in partnership with voluntary groups is not a new concept, however this is a fairly new type of response in terms of cardiac responders which we are delighted to facilitate. The development of networks of Sandpiper Wildcat responders will undoubtedly enhance the resources available to respond to cardiac arrest patients as quickly as possible, vital given that survival chances reduce by 10% every minute without intervention.”