Magpas is a charity reliant on donations of both time and money.
The charity seeks funding to maintain its core emergency medical services
- It’s Emergency Medical Team – Helimedix, their equipment and running costs.
- Providing a Rapid Response Vehicle, its equipment and maintenance.
- Specialised training for Doctors and Paramedics
- Specialised research into traumatic injury
The charity also requires volunteers not just to provide the services but also to help with fundraising, publicity and events. If you think you have skills which could help, visit the website www.magpas.org.uk to find out more.
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What is a Helimedix team?
Magpas Helimedix Team’s are a specialist pre-hospital response and retrieval team who have undertaken specific advanced training through Magpas for their role. These individuals are equipped to provide a full range of life saving medical interventions. The team comprises of a Doctor and a Paramedic drawn from a pool of appropriately trained individuals.
Magpas medics are volunteers or seconded from the NHS, or the Armed Forces. Magpas also supports and hosts a number of Doctors and Consultants in training, Magpas is internationally renowned for its ground breaking training program which is considered the bench mark for pre-hospital emergency medical training in the UK. Magpas currently has around 50 active Helimedix Team members who provide:
- On-scene medical support
- On-line medical support
- Special incident medical support
- Major incident medical support
Where are the Helimedix Teams based?
The Magpas Helimedix Team is based centrally at RAF Wyton to provide the optimum service to the population of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, from this base Magpas Helimedix are ideally placed to respond to any serious incidents in the East of England. Magpas Helimedix have the use of several dedicated transport platforms and use the most appropriate form of transport for the incident and location.
How are Helimedix Teams activated?
Magpas Helimedix teams are activated via the control rooms of the Ambulance Service, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service or Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
What does ‘on scene’ medical support mean?
This refers to deployment to the scene of an incident to provide direct medical support. On-scene medical support may involve the full spectrum of pre-hospital critical care at the scene as well as in transit care during the journey to the most appropriate hospital. On-scene support most commonly involves major trauma patients who are trapped at the scene.
Helimedix Teams will respond to requests from an Ambulance Crew or Fire Officer for assistance at the scene of a serious incident. Magpas Helimedix teams have been deployed 670 times from January – December 2011 .
How are Magpas Helimedix funded?
Magpas is solely reliant on the generous donations of you the public. It costs in the region of £1.8million per annum to offer this life saving service to the East of England. If you would like to keep this incredible service running please donate now.