[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005, 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK
Patients benefit from cash boost
Beep ambulance
The service deals with about 200 cases a year
Patients in Cumbria have been praised for raising more than 30,000 to buy a Land Rover Discovery to keep a voluntary medical service on the road.

The Penrith Beep Fund was set up by a group of GPs who were worried that rural patients were waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance to come from Carlisle.

The service sends on-call doctors to treat patients involved in road crashes until paramedics arrive.

Now the fund's chairman, Dr Theo Weston, is hoping for more cash.

Dr Weston and five other doctors give up their spare time to be on-call, including at weekends and in the evenings, to run the service.

They have to raise money to keep the service running and have recently applied for 30,000 a year from North Cumbria Primary Care Trust to help meet costs.

'Extended training'

They are called to every road accident to assist paramedics, but in one in five cases they arrive at the scene before the ambulance crew.

Dr Weston said: "On average we deal with about 200 cases a year which works out roughly at being called out every other day, so we believe it is a valuable service.

"We have applied for funding from the primary care trust but have not heard if we have been successful.

"But we have been very fortunate because of the enormously generous people of Penrith."

The service is called out to all road traffic crashes and other emergencies such as farming accidents.

Dr Weston added: "We complement the paramedics but with our extended training we can often go beyond what they can do at the roadside."

Positive response to charity ad
13 Jun 05 |  England
Charity's advert campaign hopes
01 Jun 05 |  England
Hopes for air ambulance relaunch
30 May 05 |  England

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific