Basics Devon

Emergency Rural Response Vehicle

Emergency rural response vehicle to access critical, isolated, sick and injured patients to ease pain and suffering and save lives. Our lifesaving volunteer doctors will be able to reach remote communities with ease, safely and quickly, in all weather and in most cases arrive before the ambulance.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1008872)

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Championed by The Hospital Saturday Fund


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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


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We cover one of the most rural counties in the country and must reach isolated and vulnerable communities fast, when seconds count. The ambulance service remains under pressure with 3000 calls a day and needs specialist lifesaving support for the most critical patients. An ambulance can't always access remote villages and homes or the unpredictable terrain of the moors. Without our specialist volunteer doctors people will remain isolated and at risk in life threatening situations.


We can support the ambulance service more effectively with our own 4-wheel drive response vehicle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year to reduce response times, attend traumas anytime, anywhere across Devon and relieve strain on the NHS and emergency colleagues. BASICS doctors are senior decision makers, carrying enhanced pain relief, equipment and can undertake specialist surgical procedures at the scene. We want to help reduce the chance of long-term disability and save lives.

  • Without the BASICS Devon volunteers dedication, expertise, professionalism, quick response and forward thinking it would have been a very different outcome. Our little boy is a daily reminder of how lucky I am. Every smile, every laugh, is thanks to BASICS Devon and the SWASFT team.

    — Jennifer Bowerman - Major Placental Abruption at 35 Weeks at her remote home

  • I’m incredibly lucky to be alive. Everyone played their part, including the call handler who ensured I had the right response and the volunteer doctors who were able to arrive so quickly. My family and I can never thank everyone involved enough for saving my life and giving us precious time together

    — Gillian Kirkman - Sudden cardiac arrest at her home