Increase in call outs for medical charity SARS

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Medical charity Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) has reported an increase in call outs.

They received 290 calls for assistance in 2013, 56 more than the previous year.

While more than 100 of the call outs were road traffic collisions, volunteer’s attended 43 cardiac arrests, 30 serious falls, ten stabbings, as well as treating patients for other life-threatening medical conditions.

Chairman and Diss resident Dr Pam Chrispin said: “It’s a testament to the outstanding dedication of our volunteers that they are willing to sacrifice their spare time and get up at all hours to help critically ill or injured people in their local community.

“It also shows that a small charity can make a vital contribution to pre-hospital patient care in our region.

“We would like to thank all the people who have given us the financial support to make this possible - the parish and town councils, the local clubs and all those wonderful individuals who have hosted fundraising events in aid of SARS in 2013.

“We hope that they and others can help us again this year, as the need for our specialist resource remains high.”