Introducing our new EMICS Critical Care Car

This week saw the much anticipated and exciting arrival of our charity’s first-ever dedicated Critical Care Car.  Presented to EMICS from our incredibly generous donor, Smarter Metering Services (SMS), the arrival of the Critical Care Car marks a vital and significant development for the future of EMICS. 

At a formal handover at Nottingham’s Wollaton Hall on Thursday 28 October 2021, EMICS became the proud owner of ‘#XC4’, the fourth emergency response car supplied by SMS to organisations with a similar purpose, across regions of the UK, this year. 

Currently attending over 35 call-outs a week to the most serious incidents alongside East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), our volunteer doctors have previously had to use their own cars, funded, and insured by themselves. The new #XC4 Critical Care Car, carrying its own full set of EMICS issued equipment will be garaged at a central East Midlands location, where it will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, servicing Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, and North Northamptonshire.  

When not on call outs, the new car will also serve as a training vehicle allowing more doctors to be upskilled and on hand to join the service and ultimately improving critical care services for people living in the East Midlands.    

Receiving our new Critical Care Car from Smarter Metering Services (SMS). Pictured are (L to R): Director of SMS, Tom Ward with EMICS Doctors, Dr Ben Coyle, Dr James Nayyar and Dr Chris Bonham

EMICS Chairman, Tim Gray, commented, “This is a very exciting time not only for everyone within EMICS but also for the local East Midlands community. As an organisation covering a geographical area of over 4000 miles, any additional resources we can offer to EMAS, in the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medicine, is very welcome.

“As a charity, we rely solely on the generosity of individuals and businesses within the region. Every member of our team including and most importantly the doctors attending incidents does so on a volunteer basis. This truly is an incredible donation from Tom Ward and SMS and we can’t thank them enough for their support and enthusiasm, this vehicle will save countless lives during its service.” 

Over the coming days, we are aiming to have this new car, crewed by our volunteer doctors, out on our region’s roads, supporting EMAS, responding to emergency calls. To see timely updates as to how our new car is being used, you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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