40 years of service to seriously ill patients across the East Midlands
The Early Years
In 1980, before the advent of mobile phones, digital technology and paramedics, Dr Tim Gray joined the medical practice in the market town of Oakham in rural Rutland (the smallest county in the UK). Expanding the ethos of the practice by treating their patients in the community and in the local Cottage Hospital, Dr Gray made himself available on a voluntary basis to the Ambulance Service.
By 1984 several of his GP colleagues in the area had joined him and The Rutland Accident Care Scheme (RACS) was launched. This was a charity providing doctors to work alongside the Ambulance Service treating seriously ill and injured patients both at the scene and en-route to hospital.
EMAS and EMICS
In 2004 the county Ambulance Services came together to form The East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS). Also at that time RACS amalgamated with Ilkeston BASICS, a similar scheme in Derbyshire run by Dr Andrew Davies. The new scheme which covered the whole of the East Midlands, was renamed as The East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme (EMICS).
The scheme continues as a Charity using donations to purchase and maintain vital emergency medical equipment, train new clinicians and run the organisation in order to work alongside our paramedic colleagues and other emergency services treating seriously ill and injured patients.